Porthpean Beach is a south-east facing beach in St Austell Bay, on the south Cornwall coast. Its aspect, location (close to some of Cornwall’s finest attractions), and relatively safe bathing in its sheltered waters, make Porthpean a particularly popular family beach.
Porthpean is situated within easy travelling distance of the Eden Project (3 miles by road), the Lost Gardens of Heligan (3 miles), the picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey (5 miles), St Austell (2½ miles), and the historic port of Charlestown (1 mile), which can optionally be reached via a picturesque coastal walk. Duporth (1 mile) and Carlyon Bay (3 miles) beaches lay nearby.
Self catering holiday accommodation is available in St Austell holiday cottages. Holiday accommodation is also available in holiday cottages in Porthpean, and in many of the smaller villages nearby such as Carlyon Bay and Charlestown.
A car park is situated by the beach. A slipway provides easy access to the beach. Facilities, situated on a small promenade backing the beach, include toilets, a shop and refreshments. Dogs are not permitted on the beach in peak seasons. There is no lifeguard service.