Porthpean Beach is situated on the south coast of Cornwall, snuggly nestled within St Austell Bay. The beach forms part of the South West coast path, with access to Duporth and Charlestown to the north and Black Head and Trenarren to the south.
This beautiful, sheltered beach is widely regarded as one of Cornwall’s leading beaches for watersports, with paddleboarding, kayaking, and sea swimming remaining popular throughout the year. Paddling out from the beach offers a variety of archways, stacks, caves, and secluded beaches to explore, many of which can only be accessed from the ocean. There is also a wealth of wildlife to discover, both in and out of the water.
Porthpean Outdoor Hire Centre based at Porthpean Beach is open at weekends and throughout the school holidays from early June to October*.
Times may vary in accordance with conditions, so we advise booking to avoid disappointment. We hire various forms of watercraft including:
Hire is based on per unit of equipment, with specified numbers allowed use at any one time. Our Mega SUPs can accommodate a maximum of 10 people.
All hire at our Hire Centre includes a buoyancy aid, safety bag, and instructions on how/where to paddle. Please be aware that safety is our priority and our team will check conditions daily. Our hire centre will remain closed or will adjust opening times in accordance with safe conditions for being on the water. If conditions are deemed unsafe, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and offer a refund.
* from Good Friday to October from 2024 onwards.
We operate our watercraft hire on an hourly basis.
Single Kayak: £20 per hour
Double Kayak: £35 per hour
Single SUP: £20 per hour
Mega SUP: £80 per hour
Terms and conditions apply to all bookings.
Please note that we do not operate the beach car park or café and do not accept responsibility for their operation.
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