Mexico Towan


Mexico Towan
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A long sandy beach next door to Gwithian, where there is a car park. Just to the north is Upton Towans, a Wildlife Trust nature reserve.


Surfing, swimming and walking are popular but avoid swimming in or near the estuary, to the south, where there are dangerous currents. The South West Coast Path runs past the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is served by coastal footpaths which lead to a number of interesting local features and locations. Godrevy Point with its views across to Godrevy Island. Just to the north is Upton Towans, a Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

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

2018 Excellent

What 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.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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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.

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Facilities at Mexico Towan

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets



Car park near to the beach - there is a charge.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but their are season restrictions at nearby Upton/Hayle Towans.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.