The beaches near Mevagissey each have their own characters, here’s a quick run through.
In a nutshell, the easiest day out from Mevagissey is the postcard-standard beach called Pentewan which is just around the coast. Gorran Haven has both a beach and a quaint village and harbour. Vault offers privacy (it’s popular with naturists for this reason). The Charlestown beaches are mostly stony and there are many restaurants nearby. Portmellon is a short and easy walk from Mevagissey and has a similar character to its neighbour.
No.5 Vault Beach
Distance from Mevagissey: 3.9 miles (16 minutes) Parking: 1/5
Vault is a shingle-covered beach that offers high levels of privacy. It’s accessible by the coastal path from Gorran Haven and the nearest car park is the National Trust Car Park a half mile away. A real Cornish gem, perfect for escaping the crowds. “It’s a great beach” – say all the locals
No. 4 Charlestown
Distance from Mevagissey: 6.5 miles (16 mins) Parking: 3/5 ‘idyllic harbour town with good restaurants near Mevagissey’
In Charlestown, you have two stoney beaches of very different character to the more sandy beaches closer to Mevagissey. Charlestown has a wide selection of good places to eat, and has wonderful views across the bay towards the headland. If you’re super fit maybe you can walk the coastal path from Mevagissey to Charlestown – and hats off to you if you do…
No.3 Pentewan Beach
Distance from Mevagissey: 2.1 miles (6 mins) Parking Score: 4/5 ‘Spacious sandy beach very near Mevagissey with toilets, watersports hire and a burger-bar. Great for children.’
Just a few minutes away by car or a good walk around the coastal path is the beach of Pentewan. This beach is over half a kilometre long, with whitish golden sand. The advantage of this beach is it has toilets and a restaurant on the beach as well as paddleboard hire, because just behind it is Pentewan Sands camp site. You can rent a floating banana and a boat will take you out for an exhilarating and bizarre whizz across the beach. There’s also free car parking and cafes in Pentewan village, which is a pleasant little village that still has an old water pump in the village square, and an old harbour that’s been turned into a bird sanctuary.
Distance: 0.7 miles (15-minute walk) Parking: Walk, don’t drive.
Portmellon is a small beach accessible at low tide. This is the beach nearest to Mevagissey and is only a short pleasant walk away – perfect for a shorter outing or for avoiding Cornish summer roads. A very safe beach and a great first-stop after visiting Mevagissey.
No.1 Gorran Haven
Distance from Mevagissey: 2.8 miles (13 minutes) Parking Score: 4/5 ‘An utterly glorious beach near Mevagissey with a wonderful coastal walk and shops.’
Oh, what a beautiful spot – Gorran Haven is a little village with a small harbour and two sandy beaches, one behind the harbour and one longer one beside it. Compared to Pentewan, this is slightly further away, has less space, but is glorious all the same. Bear in mind that the beach is very small when the tide is in, so check tide times here before visiting:
Mevagissey is on the South Coast of Cornwall, just over one hour from Lands End, the very bottom of the UK. The beaches along the south coast are known for their outstanding quality. Cornwall is unique for it’s high exposure to the gulf stream.