Polzeath is a small seaside resort in the civil parish of St Minver in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is situated approximately six miles (10 km) north of Wadebridge on the Atlantic coast.
Polzeath is known for its sandy beach and is popular with holiday-makers and surfers. The beach is 1,500 feet (460 m) wide and extends 1,200 feet (370 m) from the seafront at low water; however, most of the sand is submerged at high water. At exceptionally high spring tides the sea floods the car park at the top of the beach.
Polzeath beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer and is described on the RNLI website as : ... a wide, flat beach with some shelter from winds, it sees good quality surf and is quite often extremely crowded.
Dolphins may sometimes be spotted in the bay and the coastline north of Polzeath is a particularly good area for seeing many types of birds including corn buntings and puffins.
The main street through the village runs along the seafront and has a parade of shops catering to holidaymakers and residents. There are also pubs, cafĂ©s, restaurants, a caravan site and several camping sites in the immediate area. The road rises up steep hills at both ends of the seafront; towards the neighbouring village of Trebetherick to the southwest and towards New Polzeath to the northeast.