The Beach Guide

Pentewan Beach

A large stretch of near-white sand, Pentewan Sands is located between St Austell and the fishing village of Mevagissey. The beach is actually privately owned by the Pentewan Sands Holiday Park that sits just behind. This isn't really an issue though as the beach is open to the public. In fact what it does mean is the beach is well-maintained and there are plenty of facilities.

The beach here faces east into St Austell Bay meaning it is generally sheltered from the wind and the swell. This makes it a great spot for swimming and all water sports - windsurfing, sea kayaking, water skiing and sailing. Jet skis are banned but canoes and sailing dinghies can be hired from the Holiday Park.

Pentewan is a popular family beach and bathing is safe except in strong easterly winds. However, there is no lifeguard service here, just life-saving equipment. That said, the beach is zoned off into a swimming area with buoys during the summer months.

The beach is on the South West Coast Path and there is the Pentewan Valley Trail which follows the old Pentewan railway to St Austell. It is also well worth having a walk along the beach to the old harbour at Pentewan. This was once a thriving china clay port, but has long since ceased to operate, with the sand now cutting the harbour off from the sea.

Also known as:

Pentewan Sands

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

There are no lifeguards but there are lifebuoys and an emergency telephone on the beach.

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban in force from 1st March to 1st November.

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Disabled access

There is easy, level access to the beach from the car park


PL26 6BX

OS grid ref.

SX 0192 4682


There are toilets and refreshment facilities at the Holiday Park behind the beach and a slipway at the beach. The beach is cleaned daily by Pentewan Sands Holiday Park staff and there are litter bins at 50m intervals along the beach.


There is a large pay car park at the rear of the beach.

Pentewan Beach Reviews

Aggressive village residents

Aug 02nd 2020

We have visited Pentewen for the last 15 years enjoying it’s gentle welcoming atmosphere. Unfortunately we will not be returning after the residents opposite the car park seem to be waging a war against tourists led by a rough aggressive woman who is attacking people verbally who park there and threatening to damage their vehicles.The residents are then standing outside shouting that they don’t want f****ing tourists visiting. It was really upsetting and has spoilt all the lovely memories that we had of the village.