Polzeath is well known for being a surfers playground and provides all you need for a fun beach day. From beginners to more experienced surfers, this wide, sandy beach provides waves aplenty.
With a large, open beach providing plenty of space for families to set up camp for the day, Polzeath has become hugely popular in recent years and can feel crowded in the school holidays. Its popularity is partly due to the proximity of the conveniences (parking, toilets and the village itself) plus the safety of the beach. Polzeath has been awarded a Blue Flag for several years now and is patrolled by lifeguards from Easter to October half term.
Polzeath has a vibrant, fun yet relaxed vibe and, coupled with quality wave conditions, is regarded as one of the country’s top surf spots. As such, there are various options for surf hire and surf lessons.
When deciding what to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Polzeath, from Deli’s serving delicious takeaway salads, coffees and cakes to sit-down cafes and restaurants, all with fantastic views. There’s even a hidden Rum Bar tucked away with tasty cocktails (well worth the search). You will also find the ‘Kelly’s of Cornwall’ ice-cream van on the beach during peak times as well as two artisan ice cream parlours. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.
In the centre of the village, there are several shops to mooch around, selling beach toys, surfware, clothing, art, homeware and gifts, meaning you’ll be sure to find something special to take back home.
A 10-minute walk from the village through the valley is ‘The Point at Polzeath’, an 18-hole golf and leisure club with some fantastic facilities and lovely, elevated views out to the Atlantic Ocean.
At low tide, it is possible to walk around from Polzeath beach to Baby Bay, which is smaller and often less crowded than Polzeath. You can also walk along the cliff path, stopping at the Atlantic Bar & Kitchen for refreshment, before continuing on the footpath to Baby Bay. To drive there directly, follow the satnav to New Polzeath and park in the free spaces on the cliff top or the
larger Council car park, where you’ll also find public toilets.
Further along the coast path, you’ll find Pentire Point and The Rumps. This glorious, one mile square area of headland is owned by the National Trust and has breathtaking, panoramic views. You may also be interested to know that The Rumps are the site of an Iron Age promontory fort. If you want a real hike, park at Pentire Farm and follow the coast path to Doyden, Port Quin or even Port Isaac!
Postcode: PL27 6TB
LAT/LONG: 50.57475491245122, -4.916061743785619
Dog friendly: Yes, but with restrictions
Parking: Yes, on the beach! – Cornwall Council [JustPark app]
Lifeguard: Yes at certain times: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches/polzeath-beach