Located within St Austell Bay, on the Cornish South Coast Porthpean Beach, is one of Cornwall’s safest swimming beaches. This sandy beach has a car park and during the summer months the beach shop is open. With high shale cliffs the beach can be a real suntrap during the day.
At low tide rock pools are exposed and enjoyed by children. The beach is popular for swimming, snorkelling, sailing and fishing.
The surrounding cliffs are full of nesting birds and sometimes a local seal can be seen swimming close to the shoreline.
Porthpean derives its name from the Cornish for ‘Little Cove’ which is 'Porth Byghan'. Porthpean is pronounced 'Porth Pee-ann'.
During the summer months dogs are not allowed on the beach.