Porthpean Cove

Visit Porthpean Cove

Just south of Duporth Beach, Porthpean Cove offers a serene escape from the typical tourist hustle and bustle. This sheltered cove boasts stunning views over St Austell Bay, making it a perfect spot for those seeking a quieter, more intimate beach experience in Cornwall.

The cove’s sheltered position makes it ideal for a range of water activities. Head to the small hut on the beach to rent paddleboards or kayaks, and explore the beautiful coastline from the water. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, the calm waters of Porthpean provide the perfect playground. The Porthpean Sailing Club is located on the western side of the beachfront.

Families with young children enjoy the cove’s relaxed atmosphere and relatively calm waters, making it a safe spot for little ones to paddle and play. On summer days, the beach can get busy with families, creating a lively yet still laid-back vibe.

To enjoy coastal walks, the South West Coast Path runs along the beach, offering opportunities for scenic strolls in either direction. Take in the views of the Cornish coastline as you wander along the path.

While Porthpean Cove is on the smaller side, its intimate nature is part of its appeal. A small car park on Porthpean Beach Road provides convenient access, but arriving early is recommended, especially on sunny days.

This beach is …

  • Sandy
  • Great On A Sunny Day

What to see and do

  • Go Sailing
  • Try SUP Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Places to stay

  • Camping
  • Holiday Cottage

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Photo by UK Beach Days

Getting To Porthpean Beach

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Map of Porthpean Beach

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