Porthpean beach is a southeast facing beach of coarse sand and fine shingle situated just south of St. Austell on the south coast of Cornwall. The beach at Porthpean is not very deep but is quite wide and lies in a sheltered southeast location between headlands. It is backed by
Due to its proximity to St. Austell, Porthpean can often become quite crowded in high season. There is a good sized car park just behind the beach and a beach shop as well as a slipway for launching small boats.
Porthpean is just 3 miles from the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan; Mevagissey is just 5 miles away and the historic port of Charlestown just one mile away by road or by using the picturesque walk along the coast.
Nearby beaches include Duporth, Carlyon Bay and Pentewan. There is a seasonal dog ban and there is no lifeguard cover.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 107: St Austell & Liskeard
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: