Local Beaches

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Local Beaches

Charlestown Quay

As well as being a harbour location Charlestown also boasts a small pebbly beach with many rockpools at low tide.  The port remains unspoiled and retains much of its Georgian character which has led to Charlestown being a popular location for film and TV productions.  It is also home to a fleet of square riggers (ships) and there is usually at least one of these in the harbour.  There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops as well as the Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre.  There is a large pay and display car park in the village.  Porthpean Beach is a short walk to the south on the coastal path. 


Porthpean Beach

The locals beach, Porthpean has always been a favourite with St Austell people. A gently sloping sandy beach with rockpools at low tide full of crabs and small fish.  Parking is at the top of the hill and refreshments are limited to a small beach hut during the summer.


Par Beach

Over half a mile long and backed by sand dunes.  The relatively shallow waters off the beach are safe for bathing, though care should still be taken.  A car park is situated adjacent to the beach from which there is easy access to the beach and the South West coast path (Polkerris Beach is approximately 1 mile to the east and Carlyon Bay Beach lies 2 miles to the west).  Facilities at the beach include a shop, café, pub and toilets. Dogs are permitted on Par Sands beach all year. 


Polkerris Beach

A sheltered cove with a sandy beach, dramatic cliffs, rock pools and its own harbour wall.  Popular with water sports enthusiasts - taster sessions and equipment can be booked at the Polkerris Beach Company shop.  The Polkadot café, the Rashleigh Inn and Sam's Bistro all provide refreshments overlooking the beach.


Carlyon Bay

To the west lies Crinnis beach, Shorthorn beach is in the centre and Polgaver beach completes this unbroken stretch of coastline.   The bay is shielded by a series of cliffs, offering walkers exceptional views from the South West Coast path which meanders its way around the clifftops and alongside the Carlyon Bay golf course.  During the summer you can sample Cornish cuisine from one of the pop-up restaurants.  Open air theatre, music and food and drink events are also on offer.  There is a large car park close by.


Pentewan Beach

A long sandy beach - excellent for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, water skiing and sailing. Jet skis are banned but canoes and sailing dinghies can be hired from the Holiday Park. Bathing is safe except in strong easterly winds.  The beach is on the South West Coast Path, Mevagissey to the south, and there is the Pentewan Leisure Trail to follow.  In Pentewan village there are cafes and the Ship Inn for refreshments.  There is a small free car park in the village or you can pay to park in the Holiday Park.