Whether you want to dip your toes in the calm waters at Pentewan, explore rock pools at Readymoney or watch the sun set at Polkerris, we’re lucky to have a beach for all occasions in St Austell Bay.


Scroll through our guide for the low down on some of the area’s most popular beaches.


Driving to the beach? Search our list of Cornwall Council car parks here to find the closest one.


Don't foget to check out our Beach Safety Guide to make sure you and your family stay safe all year around.


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Posted: 13months ago

The whole family can enjoy a day at Gorran Haven Beach.


Sheltered from the wind by Dodman Point and offering safe swimming conditions, it’s easy to see why Gorran Haven Beach is a hit with locals and visitors throughout the year – even dogs on leads are welcome all yea round.


With private parking just a short walk away, toilets nearby and a beach shop on hand for forgotten beach essentials and tasty refreshments, what more could you ask for?


You can often find Gorran Haven’s extremely active and friendly community running events on the beach including a New Year’s Day swim, popular gig regatta and Harbour Society gala day.


Posted: 13months ago

An extremely popular beach all year round, Pentewan’s golden sand and clean and calm water draws people far and wide.


The area is perfect for swimming, windsurfing, sea canoeing and sailing and you will find plenty of families enjoying long summer days as well as blustery autumn walks here.


There is a small, free car park in the village, although this fills up quickly during busy times. More chargeable parking is available at Pentewan Sands holiday park and there is good disabled access to the beach.


A handful of shops, a pub, restaurants, cafes and toilets can be found in Pentewan village as well as further facilities on the holiday park open to the public.


There is a seasonal dog ban in place at Pentewan Beach running from mid March through to November.


Discover - Beaches - Pentewan
Posted: 13months ago

Porthpean’s shallow waters are perfect for paddling, making it a firm favourite with families with young and older children alike.


As well as being great for sandcastle building and picnicking, at low tides, a large rock pool area is revealed, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore some of the ocean’s aquatic wildlife. The clear water and calm conditions also make it a great snorkelling spot and you will often find swimmers armed with snorkels and flippers taking advantage of this.


Access is down a steady slope, giving good disabled access and is just minutes from the private car park. There are toilets, beach shop and café located on the beach, making it a very convenient location for a day out with the family.


Four legged friends are welcome at Porthpean Beach outside of the seasonal ban of Easter Sunday through to September 30.


Discover - Beaches - Porthpean
Posted: 13months ago

Incredibly picturesque and popular with both locals and thousands of visitors every year, Charlestown Beach is a great place to relax and enjoy some fresh sea air.


Separated by the historic harbour, the mixed sand and pebble beach is accessed by steps on the eastern side and slipway on the western.


There is various on-street and paid-for parking throughout Charlestown and dogs are not permitted on the beach between 1st April and 30th September.  


With a host of shops, cafes, ice cream sellers, pubs and restaurants, a day at Charlestown Beach means you’re never too far from everything you need to make the perfect summer’s day.


Posted: 13months ago

This private, sand and pebble beach is only accessible by the South West Coast Path, so can often be a quiet place to enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes.


If you venture down with young children, the long, narrow beach also offers up rock pools at low tide waiting to be explored.


Dogs on leads are allowed on the beach all year round, but there is no parking or facilities here. Make the most of a beautiful day in St Austell Bay and park either at Charlestown or Porthpean and walk across the coastal path to the beach.


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Posted: 13months ago

While developers continue to work towards their multi-million pound vision for Carlyon Bay, the beach remains a popular place to spend hot summer days and nights.


The area is actually a grouping of three beaches, Crinnis, Shorthorn and Polgaver, all offering their own unique features, but together creating an impressive stretch of unbroken coastline.


With work still underway to realise the plan for Carlyon Bay, the beach remains open and with plenty of space, the beach provides the perfect place for all ages and interests from sandcastle builders and picnic goers to sun worshipers and swimmers. Walkers can appreciate spectacular views from the South West Coast Path which winds its way around Carlyon Bay’s cliff top.


There is a private, chargeable car park at the top of the hill for beach goers and a seasonal dog ban is in place.


Posted: 13months ago

Shouldered by industrial buildings and a golf course, Spit Beach’s location is certainly unique.


The small, south facing beach can be accessed by various points on the South West Coast Path, but the most common route is to park in the free car park off Par Moor road and follow the path that leads straight to the beach.


Off the beaten track for visitors, Spit Beach remains a ‘locals beach’ and is popular with dog walkers all year around.


Although perhaps it doesn't have the most picturesque approach to the beach, it remains a great little spot to quietly enjoy the tranquil sound of the water. There are no other facilities here and wheelchair access will be difficult due to a footbridge and a short, but steep, path down to the sand.


Discover - Beaches - Spit Beach
Posted: 13months ago

Stretching over half a mile, this sandy beach is popular with dog walkers, kite fliers and windsurfers.


Backed by small sand dunes, this is a great beach for everyone to enjoy. Even at high tide plenty of sand remains and there is ample room for everyone to enjoy the beach. It also provides plenty picnic spots, although a wind break may be useful on slightly windier days.


Just a short and level stroll from the golden sands you’ll find an Italian restaurant, pub with beer garden and an ice cream van ready to serve something sweet.


There is plenty of Cornwall Council chargeable parking and dogs are welcome all year round. The beach even features a special Information Station created by students at Carclaze School, which encourages people to look after the environment. It comes complete with its own litter bin, free dog poo bags and a basket for people to leave balls and toys for dogs and their owners to re-use and recycle.


Wheelchair access may be difficult due to the deep, soft sand.


Discover - Beaches - Par Beach
Posted: 13months ago

A very sheltered, crescent-shaped beach with its own harbour, Polkerris is a great choice for families, with plenty of opportunities for children to play in the sand and calm waters.


But if Watersports are more your thing, then fear not, this privately owned beach has got it covered. Whether you wish to windsurf, long to sail or fancy trying your hand at kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, they’ve got the equipment and tuition for you.


Nestled in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty of parking at the privately owned car park around five to 10 minutes walk away, depending on how fast you can get back up the hill and there are also community-run toilets nearby.


With a pub and restaurant located beachside, you won’t be short on choice for refreshments and both locations are both ideally placed to watch the sun set with friends or loved ones on a summer’s evening. There is even a shop and café housed in an old 17th century pilchard store.


The shop and Polkerris Beach Company centre is open between 10am and 5pm, seven days a week between late March and the end of the October half term. There is a seasonal dog plan in place between Good Friday and September 30.




Showers possible early. Low 7C.

Wednesday Night


Showers early, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 7C. Winds W at 25 to 40 km/h. Chance of rain 40%. Winds could occasionally gust over 65 km/h.



Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 12C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Thursday Night


Rain likely. Low 8C. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over 25mm. Locally heavier rainfall possible.



A steady rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. High 11C. Winds NNE at 25 to 40 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near 6mm.

Friday Night


Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds late. Low 6C. Winds NNW at 15 to 30 km/h.



Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 12C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Saturday Night


Mostly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low near 5C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.

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