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Beaches

Beaches


Buckets and spades at the ready!

Cornwall has miles and miles (and miles) of beaches. Some are right on our doorstep and others are worth the trip to go and enjoy.

These are our tried-and-tested local favourites (you can also download a pdf guide to our local beaches).

Porthpean Beach (St Austell Bay)

Porthpean is a popular family beach with safe bathing. There are plenty of lovely rockpools to explore at low tide.

Make sure you check the tide times before you go as the sand disappears at high tide.

Parking: Car park nearby, easy access

Facilities: Refreshments and toilets available

Dogs: Seasonal dog ban

Polkerris Beach (St Austell Bay), Fowey

A small, attractive west-facing cove sheltered by the harbor wall. You can also book watersports lessons or hire boats and equipment from the Polkerris Beach Company [link to www.polkerrisbeach.com/]

Don’t miss Sam’s on the Beach, a laid-back, family friendly restaurant set in the old lifeboat station. Fantastic pizzas!

Parking: A short walk to the beach from the car park

Facilities: Shop, cafe and toilets available.

Dogs: Seasonal dog ban

Portholland Beach

Two small beaches of grey stones and rocky outcrops make up beaches of these twin villages. Check the tide times before you go, as these beaches are completely covered at high tide.

Parking: At East Portholland

Facilities: Toilets available at East Portholland

Dogs: Welcome all year round

Pentewan Beach

Over half a mile of sand surrounded by Pentewan caravan park. The beach is east facing, with easy access.

The Ship Inn is a small, friendly pub with a beer garden overlooking the harbor. Good for a classic pub lunch or a beer as the sun goes down.

Parking: At Pentewan caravan park (small charge for parking and facilities)

Facilities: Refreshments and toilets available

Dogs: Seasonal dog ban

Par Sands Beach

Par Sands is a large south-facing beach with dunes, which is popular in the summer. It’s great for kids, as it’s very flat and shallow for a long way out, making it ideal for paddling.

Parking: Right by the beach

Facilities: Refreshments and toilets available

Dogs: Welcome all year round

Charlestown Beach

A large, stony safe private harbour beach.

Parking: Park in Charlestown – it’s a short walk down to the beach

Facilities: Refreshments and toilets available

Dogs: Not allowed on Charlestown Beach at any time of the year

Porthluney Cove Beach, St Austell

Our local favourite (approx. 20 mins drive from Bosinver). Part of the Caerhays Estate, this is an excellent, south-facing safe family beach, with plenty of room for beach games. There are rock pools to explore, and it doesn’t get crowded, even in summer.

Parking: Easy parking, right opposite the beach

Facilities: Kiosk selling drinks and ice creams in high season

Dogs: Welcome all year round

Gorran Haven Beach (Dodman Point), St Austell

An east-facing, sandy beach, popular with families. There’s a great 20 minute walk along the coast path to the nearby mile-long Vault Beach.

Parking: There’s a large car park nearby, 5 mins walk to the beach

Facilities: A small beach shop and toilets

Dogs: Welcome all year round

Further afield

The Roseland is a hidden gem. Tucked away from the main A30/A390 it is often overlooked and much quieter than many of the beaches elsewhere. There are beautiful beaches galore – Pendower, Porthcurnick, St Mawes… Why not go and see for yourselves?

And of course, the north coast, beloved of surfers around the country, is only half an hour’s drive away. Try Perranporth, Watergate Bay, Fistral or Polzeath for huge, sweeping sandy beaches and beautiful views.

Beach safety

Please be aware that swimming in the sea can be dangerous and is safest on lifeguarded beaches between the red and yellow flags. Do also be aware of the possibility of rip currents – for more information on how to recognise them and what to do should you get caught in have a look at this great little video:

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