Porthoustock Beach

Porthoustock Beach, the Lizard, Cornwall

Porthoustock Beach is a relatively small, east-facing beach on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall. The crescent-shaped, sand and shingle beach at Porthoustock is a popular destination for divers intending to explore the many shipwrecks off the beach.


Beach at Porthoustock, CornwallThe large number of shipwrecks at Porthoustock is due to the presence of ‘The Manacles’, a dangerous granite reef. The old 19th century lifeboat house still stands. The large concrete object which dominates the north of the beach is a loading silo for the aggregates quarried near the beach.

Holiday cottages in St Keverne (1 mile from Porthoustock by road) and Coverack (3 miles) offer self catering accommodation to Cornwall holiday makers in the area. Further self catering holiday accommodation options are presented by holiday cottages in Helston (13 miles), Falmouth (19 miles) and over the Lizard Peninsula.

Car parking and toilet facilities are provided but there are no other facilities. Dogs are permitted on the beach.

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