Porthgwarra Beach is a small, sandy beach nestling in a secluded cove on the Penwith peninsula in west Cornwall. Much of the beach, which is south-facing, is reclaimed by the sea at high tides. At low tides there are rock pools, and two man-made tunnels which run through the cliffs, to explore.
Porthgwarra was once a fishing village, but few boats now launch from the hamlet. The countryside around Porthgwarra is abundant with birdlife, and basking sharks and dolphins can often be seen in the waters. Porthchapel (approximately ¾ mile) and Porthcurno (approximately 1½ miles) beaches can both be reached on foot by experienced walkers via the South West Coast Path.
Holiday cottages in Porthcurno (3 miles by road from Porthgwarra Beach) offer self catering accommodation to Cornwall holiday makers looking to stay in the area. Holiday cottages in Lands End (4 miles) and Penzance (10½ miles) also offer self catering accommodation.
A small car park, toilets, café and shop are situated by the beach. Access to the beach is via a steep slipway from the car park, or through a tunnel cut through rock. There is no lifeguard presence, but surf rescue equipment is provided. There is restricted access for dogs on the beach from Easter to October.