Slightly off the beaten track, this stretch of sandy beach is still yet to be discovered by the masses. Access to the beach can be quite tricky, but it’s well worth the scramble. We recommend staying towards the north end of the beach, as the other side is frequented by naturists (unless you were looking for a skinny dip of course). This hidden gem is just a 15 minute drive from Mevagissey, and you can park at the car here.
Porthpean is a narrow golden beach 15 minutes away by car from Mevagissey. It’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling due to the clear waters and abundance of sea life around the rocky perimeters. Although Porthpean is popular with local sailing clubs and the nearby outdoor centre, it’s perhaps the least busy of the beaches in the area. With the carpark a short walk away rather than being right on the beachfront, it’s a lovely spot to sit and read. In the summer months, there’s a cafe and WC available too.
Gorran Haven beach is a thick crescent of sand right in front of the quaint village of Gorran Haven, just around the corner from Mevagissey. The fishing trade here has mostly been relocated, meaning the safe waters of the harbour are great for swimming without the fear of commercial vessels. The pier is a popular spot for local kids to jump off at high tide, and you’ll catch a few people fishing there too. Being right in front of the village, there are lots of options for refreshments including pub grub and pasties, not to mention stacks of local ice cream. If you’re a keen artist, bring your easel as the colours of the little boats reflected in the water really are something else on a bright day.