Arguably the finest stretch of sands in south east Cornwall, Whitsand Bay beach is actually a sequence of beaches which, combined, stretch around 4 miles from Portwrinkle to Rame Head. The beach, which is south west facing, is only available at low tide – beware of being cut off at high tide.
Plymouth, Devon is only 7 miles away via the Torpoint Ferry service. Looe is around 6 miles west of Portwrinkle, along the coast, and Liskeard is around 9 miles inland. Self catering accommodation in south east Cornwall is available in Looe holiday cottages and holiday cottages in Liskeard.
Car parking is available at Tregantle, Sharrow Point and Tregonhawke but access to the beach is difficult, via steep, uneven steps and paths, so not suitable for all. There are few facilities provided. The strong rip currents make it unwise to bathe in the bay but sometimes desirable to surfers. The area is popular with experienced divers. Whitsand Bay is dog-friendly.
Situated on the western edge of the beach stands Fort Tregantle, a 360-foot hexagonal fort bounded by a ditch on three sides, originally built in 1865. The fort is still in use and during firing range practice the west end of the beach is closed.