Polzeath has a reputation for epitomising warm and welcoming Cornish ‘cool’ for family holidays with a twist – even teenagers love it here!
This small village on the headland, opposite Padstow, was a favourite haunt of poet Sir John Betjeman, and these days, despite being compact, it is a veritable haven for surfers, with a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants for apres-surf!
Tatler even called it “the British St Tropez”, a world of safe freedoms and wetsuits. To be honest, it is more low key and friendly, but probably rather less sunny!
From the motorway (M5), follow the A30, A395 and B3314. Polzeath is about 7 miles from Wadebridge, 14 miles from Bodmin.
If coming from either direction, approach Wadebridge on the A389 (from Bodmin) or the A39. At the roundabout on the outskirts of Wadebridge, head on to the B3314 (signposted to Polzeath) and follow signs.
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There is direct and level access to the beach via Polzeath Beach car park. There is also a field car park on the approach to Polzeath, 1 large field car park above the cliffs, and 1 small car park close to the beach. An additional car park is at New Polzeath. If you can find accommodation with parking, then take it!
Try the Point at Polzeath with superb elevated views of the ocean at Hayle Bar and Pentire point, with floor to ceiling windows and a delightful sheltered terrace area. The informal Bear Sports Bar is worth a visit, as it shows Sky and BT sports, so you don’t have to miss your favourite match or event.
Or head to Polzeath’s relaxed beachside cafes to grab a pizza, gastro burger or some fresh seafood. Take your pick from Surfside which really is on the beach with access from the sand (they also have a cool rum bar set up behind) or the chic Cracking Crab, offering light bites and seafood platters by the bucketload – imagine fresh crab right by the sea.
The pretty little surfer beach village of Polzeath is nestled on the north coast of Cornwall, just to the east of Padstow and is the perfect setting for your holiday home.