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Port Isaac

Cornwall

A very picturesque, working Cornish fishing village with white washed cottages and steep narrow streets leading down to an ancient sheltered harbour. The beach is protected by an ancient breakwater, which was once a smugglers haunt.This is also the home of the TV series Doc Martin.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Not tested

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Port Isaac beach

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Parking

Limited parking. There are two car parks at the top of the village. A short walk down the hill will take you to the harbour.

Dog restrictions

No current information.

Beach cleaning

No current information.

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

Boating, fishing and bathing are all popular here.

Wildlife and Walks

Interesting cliff top walks to neighbouring bays using the South West Coast path. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: harbour, sand, shingle,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2015 Not tested

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Port Isaac beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Port Isaac beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Brandon Gaston clarke
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Hywel Jones
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Formby
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ben Richardson
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carol Jones
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rhiannon Crawford
on 12 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Stuart Goodwin
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Stuart Goodwin
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rebecca Fitchett
on 10 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Philip Vaughan
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katharina Bauer
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Holly Woodward
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by T Ewart
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Richard Spicer
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andy Fuller
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Russell
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rosemary Howells
on 27 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Taylor
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Brown
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Reeves
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Joanne Stone
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Harriet Rushton
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Walker
on 13 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Samantha Webster
on 13 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Harriet Rushton
on 13 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by George Fairweather
on 9 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Laura Templeton
on 1 Oct 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jo Garrett
on 1 May 2016

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