Portreath is a small beach with steep cliffs on either side. The resort is steeped in history as it was a major harbour for exporting copper.

Portreath today still has a working harbour with a few small fishing boats but now offers a great family beach location. The small resort has a couple of pubs, a beach cafe and a surf shop that hires boards and wetsuits.

The beach is popular with bodyboarders and surfers although the surf is not so large as some of the other North Cornwall beaches, it does offer a good wave besides the harbour wall as the tide comes in.

Keen walkers can head up either side to see some great coastline and coves, although these coves can only be reached by boat.


Why not check beaches nearby as we have 3 beaches around Portreath, 215 beaches in Cornwall, or have a look at our list of Cornwall dog friendly beaches, or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

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    The Hub Bike Hire & Coffee Shop

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    Portreath Beach Cafe

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    Basset Arms

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    Smugglers and Western Coves Beach

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    Gooden Heane Cove Beach

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    Portreath Beach

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