A protected, blue bay in South Cornwall, Porthcurno has a crescent moon of white sand (from crushed shells) at the foot of imposing dark, blocklike granite cliffs. The extraordinary Minack Theatre—carved from solid rock—is on one side, and there are pubs and cafés nearby. A steep slope can make swimming a challenge at times, but one area near a stream is good for families. The town and beach are signed off B3315, and the coastal path is nearby. Amenities: food
and drink; lifeguard; parking (fee); toilets. Best for: swimming; walking.
3 miles east of Land's End, Porthcurno, TR19 6JU, England