Porthpean Beach, St Austell Bay

Porthpean Beach, St Austell Bay

Mevagissey Harbour

Mevagissey Harbour

South Cornwall's St Austell Bay is a spectacular mix of small cove and large sandy beaches, heritage and picture-postcard fishing harbours and tropical gardens. In the summer months family friendly beaches at Gorran Haven, Carlyon Bay and Par are top spots for beach holidays, with plenty of holiday parks, luxury villas and holiday cottages in the area. Some of Cornwall's most beautiful harbour villages are here, like Mevagissey where you can hop aboard a ferry or boat trip, browse the many craft shops and galleries or relax in a harbourside inn or cafe. Watersports lovers will find some great spots here including Pentewan beach on the western side of The Bay with excellent swimming, surfing, kayaking, wndsurfing and sailing opportunities. Nearby Porthpean beach has an activity centre on the beach offering a range of activities including coasteering, sea kayaking and open canoeing.

St Austell Bay is perfect for summer beach holidays, year round golfing breaks around stunning coastal golf courses at Porthpean and Carlyon Bay, spa pamper getaways in luxury spa hotels and seasonal escapes. Charlestown's famous Georgian harbour is the ultimate retreat with shipwreck museum, tall ships and easy access to cliff path walks. Base yourself in a luxury apartment, cosy B&B or great value family holiday park around the Cornish Riviera's Bay, and you'll be ideally placed just minutes from some of Cornwall's most popular attractions including the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey.

Beaches

St Austell Bay's many beautiful beaches include large sandy beach bays, hidden gem cove beaches and peaceful sand and shingle beach boltholes accessible down steep steps branching off the South West Coast Path, like Polstreath beach just north of Mevagissey. Large sandy beach Pentewan further north is a mecca for watersports and safe family bathing. The Bay also has many dog friendly beaches like Par Sands Beach, a large flat sandy beach welcoming dogs all year round and well equipped with amenities including a pub, cafe and watersports centres.

Portmellon Cove Beach

Portmellon Cove Beach

Little Polkerris Beach on the eastern side of St Austell Bay is a beautiful sandy cove beach also with good watersports facilities offering windsurfing and sailing courses, and with an inn, restaurant and gallery alongside. Crinnis Beach is one of three beaches making up Carlyon Bay and is very popular with families. Carlyon Bay is a large sandy beach with great facilities including adjacent parking and a host of watersports opportunities. For naturists, situated at the very far end of Crinnis Beach is Shorthorn Cove which is an Official Naturist Beach.

Portmellon Cove Beach in the Mevagissey area is a small sandy beach, ideal for swimming, with a slipway for boat launch. Dogs are welcome on this Mevagissey beach. Around 3 miles south of Mevagissey, Gorran Haven beach is a top spot with families featuring two pretty east facing cove sandy beaches with crystal clear waters safe for bathing, and an adjacent unspoilt village.

Accommodation in St Austell

  • St. Austell   (0.3 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    Spacious, family home in the centre of St Austell. Bed and breakfast accommodation set in a large, secluded garden close to the train and coach station.
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  • Bodmin   (7.3 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £185
    Per week (low season) + £20 gas & electric charge per week
     
    Peaceful family run caravan holiday park in Lanivet, Cornwall. Close to Eden Project, Bodmin and the Camel Trail for cycling. Ideal for a relaxing countryside break.
     
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  • Near St. Austell   (2.1 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £75
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    Charming former Victorian chapel guest house near St Austell, just 3 miles from the Eden Project with free Wi-Fi, parking, stunning gardens and original features. Families welcome.
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  • St. Austell   (1.2 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £67
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    Stylish holiday apartment in St Austell with bay views. Short stays from 1 night available. Close to all attractions with free Wi-Fi and secure parking. Families welcome.
     
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  • Bodmin   (7.2 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £38
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    Unique 15th century guest house in Lanivet village on the edge of Bodmin Moor, perfect for touring. 8 charming ensuite rooms, function room space, bar and Full English breakfast.
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  • St Austell   (3.5 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 8
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    £199
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 2-8
     
    Enjoy a relaxing break to the St Austell countryside when staying at this 56 acre holiday park with four lakes, pets corner, a shared hot tub & onsite activities. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Penpillick Par   (4.8 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £299
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
     
    Hoseasons Holiday Cottages with beautiful views across the Cornish countryside near St Austell. Online booking available, great discounts
     
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  • St. Austell   (0.8 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £355
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Very attractive first floor self catering apartment in Charlestown near St Austell. Balcony with furniture. Shops, pub and harbour only a short stroll. Parking. Sleeps 4
     
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  • Polgooth   (1.7 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 10
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    £707
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    This impressive four bedroom propertyin the heart of Cornwall is able to sleep up to 10 people, making it ideal for a trip with family or friends.
     
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  • Mevagissey   (4.3 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 5
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    £301
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    Spacious single storey holiday cottage in Mevagissey with lovely garden, conservatory, off road parking, dishwasher & Freesat TV. Two dogs welcome. Short breaks.
     
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