Polzeath (meaning dry creek) is a small seaside resort in the civil parish of St Minver in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) north west of Wadebridge on the Atlantic coast.
Polzeath has a sandy beach and is popular with holiday-makers and surfers. The beach is wide and extends from the seafront at low water; however, most of the sand is submerged at high water. At exceptionally high 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.
The main street runs along the seafront and has a parade of shops catering for holidaymakers and residents. There are pubs, cafés, 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 village of Trebetherick to the southwest and New Polzeath to the northeast.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Polzeath.
For further information of a genealogical nature and local administration links, see the parish of St. Minver.