Polzeath is a small village on the headland opposite Padstow. It was a favourite haunt place of the late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman and is celebrated in some of his verse. There are many local shops, providing everything required for the holidaymaker. Within the village are a number of pubs, cafés and restaurants.
Polzeath is a haven for surfers (or at least wanna be surfers!) and beach lovers. There are lifeguards on the beach during the daytime in the season. Bathers should be aware that the cliffs can be particularly dangerous in bad weather. Although generally a safe beach, there can be large surf with rips and children should not be allowed in the water with inflatables. This is a sand and shingle beach, situated at the mouth of a river and backed by interesting cliffs. There is a nature reserve and some interesting rock pools on the beach. Dolphins may sometimes be spotted and this is a good area for many types of coastal bird including puffins. The beach more or less disappears at high tide and the car park may disappear too in very stormy conditions! During the season, Polzeath Beach car park is packed with Range Rovers and Audis from the yuppie resort of Rock around the corner.