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

  • Carlyon Bay   (2.0 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £85
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    Coastal styled B&B room at Carlyon Bay, a short stroll from Charlestown harbour via the coast path. Breakfast served direct to your room. WiFi, Sky TV, private parking & garden.
     
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  • St. Austell   (1.2 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £67
    per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
     
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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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  • Lanivet   (6.8 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 4
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    £342
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    This Scandinavian lodge is located on a country club near to Lanivet in Cornwall and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
     
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  • Roche   (4.5 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 6
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    £347
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    The small village of Roche is the perfect rural base for touring Cornwall, with the wild open space of Bodmin Moor only six miles away.
     
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  • Polgooth   (1.7 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 10
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    £707
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 10
     
    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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  • Pentewan   (2.5 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 4
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    £356
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    This pretty two bedroom property is able to sleep up to four people, close to Cornwall's Pentewan beach.
     
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  • St. Austell   (3.3 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 7
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    £353
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 7
     
    Well appointed detached holiday cottage near St Austell with conservatory, enclosed garden, dishwasher, Freeview TV & washing machine. Two dogs welcome. Short breaks.
     
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  • Bugle   (4.3 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 2
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    £256
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    This cottage is set mostly over the first floor, situated within walking distance to the village of Bugle, five miles from St Austell and sleeps two people.
     
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  • Mevagissey   (4.3 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 2
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    £268
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    Well equipped ground floor holiday apartment in Mevagissey with patio garden, washing machine, dishwasher, parking, travel cot & high chair. Babes in arms only. Pet friendly.
     
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  • Tywardreath   (4.4 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 3
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    £238
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 3
     
    This annexe is a lovely holiday home sleeping up to three people in one bedroom.
     
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