The villages of East and West Portholland have two small pebbly beaches in two coves. The Portholland Beach is accessible only at low tide, when the coves present the appearance of one large cove and one large beach. Portholland lies on the mid-south Cornwall coast, around 5 miles from Mevagissey, 8 miles from St Austell and 9 miles from Truro.
Portholland beach is a good family beach, with safe bathing for adults, and rock pools for children to explore. The beach is located near Caerhays Castle, the estate of which owns the village of Portholland. A National Heritage Asset, Portholland has remained largely unchanged for over a century.
Self catering holiday accommodation is available nearby on the Roseland Peninsula. The nearest major towns providing holiday accommodation are St Austell and Truro. There are many attractive small villages nearby providing accommodation options, including holiday cottages in Gorran Haven and Mevagissey.
Beachside parking is available at either end of the beach, as are toilets and refreshments during the summer. There is disabled access. The approach roads to the beach are narrow. Dogs are permitted on the west end of the beach all year round.