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Constantine Bay

OS Grid ref:- SW 8574

Attractive Constantine Bay is situated near to the popular coastal town of Padstow. The bay is separated from its neighbour, Booby's Bay, which lies to the north, by a thin rocky point; bordered by a large reef to the south.

The bay has an excellent wide golden beach which offers a superb stretch of sand measuring about a third of a mile in length, forming a sweeping arc of gently shelving sands which abound with rock pools and is backed by low sand dunes which are blanketed in marram grass.

Constantine Bay boasts a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. It is a highly popular location with surfers and has lifeguards in the summer months. The bay s a very popular surf spot producing top quality waves. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year. The beach was recommended by the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide 2014 for its excellent water quality.

The small adjoining village of Constantine Bay has an estimated population of around two hundred people. The village acquires its name from St. Constantine, a saint revered in Cornwall and Devon.

At one side of the bay lies the beauty spot of Trevose Head, a storm battered granite headland which offers magnificent views into Devon. Both Constantine Bay and the adjoining Booby's Bay can become very busy in the summer months.

Beyond the beach and sand dunes lies the Trevose Golf Course with footpaths leading northeast to Harlyn Bay.

Parking and Public Toilets. Surf Shop 400 metres up the road. Nearby St Merryn has pubs, restaurants and cafes.


Constantine Bay is situated about 11 miles from Newquay. From the A30 near Indian Queens take the A39 at the Highgate Hill roundabout. Continue on the A39 north and across the 1st roundabout. At the Trekenning roundabout turn first left onto the A3059 (signposted for Newquay). After around 2 miles turn right, (signposted to Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth). Proceed along this road until reaching a junction, turn right onto the B3276 (signposted to Padstow and Mawgan Porth). Follow the B3276 through Mawgan Porth and then through Porthcothan. After Porthcothan take the B3276 for several miles and turn left where signposted to Constantine Bay. Follow this road into Constantine Bay village. Continue along road round a bend and then take the next right. Follow this road to the Constantine Bay car park.

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