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St Ives Beaches

St Ives is a magical place – an incredible light quality brings the colours of the coast alive.  The sky that bit bluer, the sand a tropical golden colour and the sea a remarkable turquoise.

This feature makes the area a favourite with artists and also families looking for an incredible beach holiday.  The 4 sandy beaches provide the traditional bucket and spade holiday but St Ives has that extra je ne sais quoi.

Porthmeor beach

This great family beach is blessed with golden sand, good surf and a fantastic location.  Adjacent to the town and overlooked by the world famous Tate St Ives the beach is served by a surf school, restaurants and cafés and is a consistent winner of the Blue Flag award.

Parking:  There are several car parks in St Ives (though they do fill up fast).

Toilets:  In Porthmeor car park (seasonal).

Facilities:  There are a number of shops, restaurants and cafés located along the beach and in St Ives.

Safety:  Patrolled by lifeguards in peak season.

Dogs:  Dogs are banned from Easter to 1st October, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.

Porthgwidden beach

The smallest beach at St Ives, this sandy, sheltered cove is located between ‘The Island’ and the harbour.  East facing, this little beach becomes a sun-trap in the mornings and being nestled behind the island provides fantastic protection from the wind.

Parking:  There are several car parks in St Ives (though they do fill up fast).

Toilets:  There are toilets at Porthgwidden (seasonal).

Facilities:  A beach café right by the beach and a number of shops, restaurants and cafés located in St Ives.

Safety:  No lifeguards patrol this beach.

Dogs:  Dogs are banned from Easter to 1st October, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.

Harbour Beach

Located in the hub of the town, as the name suggests this beach is also the harbour for St Ives.  Still a working harbour it is used by fishing and pleasure boats.  Being in the centre of the town means there are plenty of facilities on hand – all the delights of St Ives are right by the beach: restaurants, cafés, galleries, ice cream parlours and more. There is still sand even at high tide (a little corner remains) and at low tide the bay expands to reach the neighbouring beaches.

Parking:  There are several car parks in St Ives (though they do fill up fast).

Toilets:  There are toilets at a nearby car park (seasonal).

Facilities:  The town is right next to the beach with cafés, restaurants, shops and more.

Safety:  No lifeguards patrol this beach.

Dogs:  Dogs are banned from Easter to 1st October, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.

Porthminster Beach

At almost half a mile long, Porthminster is St Ives’ second largest beach but is more sheltered than Porthmeor.  The calmer sea conditions and excellent facilities make this beach very popular with families.  Unlike the other 3 beaches, Porthminster is not in the very heart of St Ives.  Situated on the edge of the town, only a 5 minute walk away from the centre, it still boasts fantastic facilities with restaurants and cafés.  Also, it is located right next to the train station and a large car park.  The striking views back to St Ives harbour and the picturesque clifftop walks are also worth a mention.

Parking:  There is a large car park next to the beach.  There is also a bus stop and train station.

Toilets:  There are toilets by the beach (seasonal).

Facilities:  Right next to the beach or in the car park are cafés, restaurants and shops.

Safety:  Patrolled by lifeguards in peak season.

Dogs:  Dogs are banned from Easter to 1st October, although we would always advise checking this before you arrive.

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