Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Beaches near St Austell

Map featuring St Austell beaches. Click on pins to view beach details

The beach guide has 7 beaches listed in and around the town of St Austell.

  1. Porthpean Beach

    Porthpean Beach
    lifeguarded car park

    A safe, sandy, sheltered beach popular with families. The cliffs to the east are used by nesting birds, and there are lots of rock pools to the west. Safe for swimming, windsurfing and sailing. No jet-skiing allowed. The…

  2. Duporth Beach

    Duporth Beach
    car park

    Private sandy beach with all year dog ban. Safe for swimming. Interesting geology.

  3. Charlestown Beach

    Charlestown Beach
    car park

    Sandy beach with area of pebbles of geological interest. No dogs. There are a number of small caves in the cliffs but beware of rock falls. Nearby Charlestown Harbour is home to tall ships and has been used as a film setting…

  4. Pentewan Beach

    Pentewan Beach
    lifeguarded car park

    A large sandy beach, excellent for swimming and all water sports - swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, water skiing and sailing. Jet skis are banned but canoes and sailing dinghies can be hired from the Holiday…

  5. Carlyon Bay

    Carlyon Bay
    dog friendly car park

    The beach is a stretch of almost 2 miles of coarse sand, steeply shelving in places. Dogs not allowed. However, at present, there is a lot of work going on, building a new complex behind the beach.

  6. Mevagissey Beach

    Mevagissey Beach
    dog friendly car park

    Located about a quarter of a mile up the coast from the working harbour of Mevagissey is Polstreath beach. Despite its proximity to this busy fishing village Polstreath remains relatively quiet. This is in part due to the…

  7. Polgaver Beach

    Polgaver Beach

    This used to be one of the most popular nudist beaches in the area but the recent controversial development of Carlyon Bay have put pay to this.