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Porthminster Beach St Ives Harbour Porthmeor Beach Porthgwidden Beach Carbis Bay Beach


Everyone's favourite beach, gently shelved and sheltered, ideal for families. You’ll only get surf here on the windiest of days. Clean golden sands lapped by a translucent turquoise sea. It doesn’t matter what vista you choose, what time of day or whatever the weather, its just plain beautiful. Facilities here include: a beach cafe, beach restaurant, beach shops, deck chair & wind break hire, beach hut hire, putting green, tug of war and games on beach (high summer), toilets and public car park above beach. The beach is policed by life guards and is accessed via a few steps/ramp.


If you’ve got a surf board then this is the beach to head for. North/North west facing, overlooked by the Tate Gallery and The Island. Clean golden sands. I would recommend a visit here at dusk as the sunsets are fantastic. Step around the corner onto The Digey and there you’ll find surf and surfer silhouetted by a setting ball of fire... Breathtaking stuff. The beach is close to the town amenities and boasts a well renowned beach restaurant, beach shop, surf board hire, beach hut hire and toilets close by.


Small, gently shelved and sheltered beach situated on the south side of ‘The Island’. Popular with families as you have the peace of mind that your children will be in full view wherever you pitch your towel! Close to town, with beach cafe and a very nice restaurant overlooking the beach. Toilets are at the top of the ramp which leads down to the beach. This has become famous locally over the years for sand sculptures by local artists and I must say are very life like. Car parking is nearby at ‘The Island’ car park.

Carbis Bay

Sheltered and picturesque, again popular with families as it has calm waters most of the time. Crystal clear turquoise and gently shelved. Very similar in size and shape to Porthminster Beach, so if your fortunate to be staying at the ST Ives end of Carbis Bay, then both are within walking distance along the coastal path (gallery). Facilities include beach shop, beach cafe, deck chair and windbreak hire and beach hut hire. Car parking is at front of The Carbis Bay Hotel.


Sheltered from all the elements within the harbour walls. Popular at low tide. (when the harbour starts to fill up you’ll get you’re feet wet!!) Ideal beach for people watching and families having fun. Soak up the views or have a walk across what must be the cleanest harbour in Britain. Close to all town amenities. In fact step off the beach and you’re in the town. Beach shops, deck chair hire and plenty of places to grab a snack. The nearest toilets and car park can be found at the rear of The sloop inn.

St Ives Beaches
St Ives
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