Porthleven Beach is a 3 mile stretch of sand and shingle, which at low tide stretches south from Porthleven to Gunwalloe Fishing Cove in south west Cornwall. Porthleven is a south west-facing beach in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula.
Two small car parks are provided in or just outside Porthleven, a picturesque harbour town offering cafes, restaurants, shops, pubs, galleries and more. Boat trips may be taken from the harbour. A granite pier acts as a boundary between the beach and the harbour. Toilet facilities are provided at the pier.
Porthleven holiday cottages provide self catering holiday accommodation near the beach. Of the other major towns in the Porthleven area of Cornwall, holiday cottages can also be found in Helston (3 miles by road), Penzance (12 miles), Falmouth (14 miles) and St Ives (14 miles).
There are strong undercurrents and submerged rocks in the waters off Porthleven which makes swimming inadvisable, though the breaks make it a popular spot for strictly experienced surfers. Lifeguards patrol the beach during only peak summer months. Loe Bar sits in the middle of Porthleven Beach and can be accessed at low tide.
Access to the beach, via a slipway and steps, is not suitable for the disabled. Dogs are not permitted on the western end of the beach (nearest the town) from Easter to October, but are permitted on the remainder.