Porthpean Beach, Cornwall is located near to the pretty Georgian port of Charleston. Home to Porthpean Sailing club it's a sandy, sheltered beach that's ideal for families. When we visited in mid-October, we saw people sailing and windsurfing, and older children splashing and swimming in the water. There's some lovely rockpools and, as you can see above, armed with nets we netted crabs and little fish.
There are 2 car parks you can use, one a pay and display that looked to be council run and another private car park charging £3 a day for parking, payable at an honesty box.
The walk to the beach from either car park is a steep walk down a narrow road. There is no parking lower to the beach. On a practical level, there are Toilets on the beach front.
Dogs are welcome on Porthpean Beach, except between Easter Sunday and 30th September when a seasonal dog ban is in place (the same as at many beaches in Cornwall).
A lovely beach for families with plenty of space for beach games and off-season it's sheltered - great for any time of the year!