You do not really visit Polperro for its beach as, while very pretty, it Is primarily a working fishing harbour. The village does, however, at low tide, have a small stretch of sand/shingle beach, just outside the harbour wall, so that’s a bonus.
You can spend a few hours here if you time it right, before the tide returns. As it is so close to the village, you have easy access to toilets, shops and cafes.
The beach is dog-friendly and a great place to watch the fishing boats leave/arrive at the harbour, or you might fancy a boat trip yourself.
The shore is wild and rocky at Polperro. At the foot of Chapel Cliff on the beach here is a small tidal bathing pool, like a giant rock pool; it’s a perfect place for children and parents to explore marine life, so don’t forget those buckets and nets.
If you are seeking something larger, then Talland Bay just a few miles away offers a huge expanse of beach, or Lansallos Beach is dog-friendly.
For walkers, Polperro Beach is on the Gribbin Head – Polperro Heritage Coast, adjacent to the South West Coast Path, so the location for some spectacular strolls. Stretches of the path west of Polperro (to Polruan/Fowey) and the east (Talland Bay/Looe) are unspoilt and make for fairly easy walking.