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

  • Par   (4.4 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 6
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    £225
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    Make unforgettable memories at South Cornwall’s 5-star, beach front holiday park. Choose from a range of holiday homes and make your holiday with us extra special.
     
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  • St Austell   (0.4 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £25
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    Quality St Austell hotel with recently upgraded double & family guest rooms. Free parking, onsite bar/ cafe, 30 mins free WiFi. Pet friendly by arrangement. Breakfast & meal deals.
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  • Roche   (5.9 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    Travelodge hotel in Bodmin, just off the A30, around 8 miles from the Eden Project with WiFi, parking & 24 hour opening. Pub serving food adjacent. Optional breakfast. Pets welcome
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  • St Austell   (2.2 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £285
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    Dog friendly accommodation in rural Cornwall. 4 self-catering cottages. Largest sleeps up to 6. Open plan lounge, kitchen and dining. Log burning stove. Free Wi-Fi and parking.
     
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  • St Austell   (0.8 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 8
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    £788
    Per Week (Seasonal) 3 Bed Sleeps 6-8
     
    Stunning woodland homes in St Austell with state of the art self catering facilities and private balconies. Full use of luxury facilities. Short breaks. Ideal for families/groups.
     
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  • St. Austell   (1.0 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 4
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    £400
    Per week. Sleeps 4
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    South Cornwall luxury self catering accommodation with plenty to do nearby. Residences are spacious, private & secure and you'll have a concierge team always on hand. Sleeps 4-8.
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  • St Austell   (0.8 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £140
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    Luxury Spa and Estate hotel in St Austell with 43 acres of grounds. Leisure and spa facilities, elegant en-suite rooms with balconies and AA Rosette restaurant. Families/ couples.
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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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  • St Blazey   (3.9 miles from the centre of St Austell)
    Sleeps 2
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    £340
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    Freshly prepared cream tea on arrival
    Two delightful self catering holiday cottages in the village of St. Blazey in Cornwall. Close to Fowey & Eden Project, Parking, grassed area, raised decking. Each cottage sleeps 2
     
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  • St Austell   (1.2 miles from the centre of St Austell)
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    £40
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    St Austell B&B providing luxury accommodation near the Eden Project. Families welcome. Full English breakfasts and continental alternatives served. Parking and WiFi.
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