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Mawgan Porth is in a quiet sandy bay some five miles north of Newquay. Its large sheltered beach sits at the bottom of steep cliffs, and is a highly popular family holiday spot. It has excellent lifeguard facilities from April to September.

The Times newspaper listed Mawgan Porth in the top ten holiday beaches stating that, "There are better-known and busier beaches in Cornwall, but few can match the raw beauty of Mawgan Porth, on the north coast near Newquay.  Shielded on both sides by cliffs, it has acres of soft white sand, rock pools, caves and magical sunsets." - see Beach Report

With rock pools and caves to explore, plenty of sand for the essential castle-building and waves for both body-boarding and surfing - no wonder Mawgan Porth beach is so highly rated.

Mawgan Porth is one of Cornwall's quieter family destinations and the beach is sheltered on two sides by magnificent hills and cliffs that teem with bird life.

Beachside facilities include a pub with good food, a cafe, a newsagent, beach goods & surf shops, fish and chips take-away and a restaurant and the 'King Surf' surf school, which specialises in smaller groups, giving family and individual tuition as well as larger classes.

Keeping the beach clean

As well as the organised beach cleans by the Bedruthan Steps & Scarlet Hotels, litter cleaning during the holiday season is carried out by a local subcontractor working for the parish council but predominantly paid for by St Mawgan & Mawgan Porth businesses

We would like to say thank you to the following businesses, people and places who, in 2013, contributed financially for this annual contract

Beach Inn, Bedruthan
Bettys Newsganet and shop
Blue Bay Lodges S & J Jones
Cornish Cottage
Cornish Fresh
Cosy Corner
Magic Cove Campsite
Merlin FarmCottages
Merrymoor Inn
Mr & Mrs G & R Bodsworth, Throncliffe B&B
Mr & Mrs J & A Bradley, Dimora B&B
Mr & MrsFarmer from the Pitch & Putt
Mr & Ms Almond & Owens; Tamarisk house
Mr P abel, Kingsurf
Mr. G Galsworthy, Gem House
Mr. Hope / Dalswinton
Mrs R Stokes, Carne Crest
Mtr & Mrs J & S Gardiner, Blue Fish Bar
P Marland
Penvose Farm Holidays
Retorrick Mill Holiday Park
St Eval Candle Co
Sun haven Valley
The Park
The Scarlett
Travellers Rest
Trevarrian Holiday Park
Trevarrian Lodge
Walker Coast Cottages
Watergate Bay Touring Park

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Mawgan Porth is a year-round dog friendly beach, as are the beaches immediately to the north and south of us.


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