The Roseland Peninsula has some of South Cornwall's finest family-friendly beaches. Some have easy access, catering facilities and toilets, while others can be accessed from the sea and are perfect for boat-trips. From large, sweeping beaches to secluded, quiet coves there is something for every family. Water-quality is generally very good and visitors are asked to help keep the beaches clean by taking all your litter home.
Whilst you'll never be far from the beach when you're in a Portscatho Holidays cottage, we've a selection of cottages that are right on the beach or are just a short stroll to the sea - take a look at our seaside holiday cottages on the Roseland.
Portscatho Holidays is proud to support our local beaches and we work with Man on a Beach
to give you some great video clips of St Mawes, Place Beach and Percuil Beach – do have a look!
St Mawes beaches:
Summers Beach is the main attraction, just a few minutes' walk from the square and the Visitor Centre car park. It gets the sun all day as it's south-west facing and there's always plenty going on, from Sailing Club courses to youngsters having fun on the floating pontoon supplied by the Pier & Harbour Company. Dogs are not allowed on Summers Beach from Easter Day to 31st October.
Tavern Beach is perfect for children. It's excellent for swimming, but also a nice place to relax while the kids have fun (or on your lunchbreak, in our case!). Hot tip: get a fab ice cream from nearby Hotel Tresanton!
Tatums Beach is right in the centre of Portscatho, so it's ideal for families with small children or those who prefer not to move far. Compact but very convenient if you're staying in the heart of Portscatho or need to be close to its amenities.
Porthcurnick, a 10-minute walk along the Coast Path, is what we'd call Portscatho's main beach as it's wide and sandy, with beautiful views both inland and out to sea – you might spot porpoises, dolphins or even basking sharks – as you'd expect from a National Trust beach. At low tide there's plenty of space for beach games like football, cricket and rounders, and dogs are welcome all year. Porthcurnick has toilets and ample parking, plus a kiosk that sells snacks, soft drinks and beach toys, while the nearby Hidden Hut cafe is becoming a must-go destination.
Beaches near Gerrans and Veryan:
Carne, on the eastern side of gorgeous Gerrans Bay, is a huge, sandy beach on the Roseland Heritage Coast with easy access via a gentle slipway. At low tide it joins up with neighbouring Pendower, making a lovely place to walk the dog or enjoy a seaside stroll. Run by the National Trust, Carne and Pendower have toilets and plenty of parking, and the nearby Nare Hotel is happy to serve refreshments to non-residents – why not treat yourself to a Cornish cream tea?
Beaches near Portloe:
Gorran Haven has two family-friendly sandy beaches, with gorgeous clear water for swimming and pretty views of Dodman Head. Car parking, shops and cafes nearby make this historic fishing village a good choice for a day at the beach near Mevagissey or Portloe.
Porthluney, or Caerhays Beach, has plenty of parking and easy access. It's spacious and sandy at low tide but there is plenty of beach at any tide, and it's good for swimming. Bonus point: visit adjacent Caerhays Castle and gardens too; ideal for a beach-and-culture holiday!
The Roseland's southern beaches:
Towan is a spacious, unspoilt sand-and-pebble beach with brilliant rockpools at low tide. Visit this beach and you'll find it's bigger than it looks! A locals' favourite for an evening barbecue and a good alternative to Porthbeor, which is currently off limits due to a collapsing cliff face. Towan is a five-minute stroll from handy parking at Porth Farm, Bohortha or a lovely half-hour walk along the Cornwall Coast Path from Portscatho.
St Anthony has two glorious sandy coves, perfect for adventurous families who like rockpooling, sailing and swimming.