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The beaches of St Ives

Pack a picnic, gather up your beach essentials and head to one of these sublime sandy havens for a fantastic beachy day, with the convenience of the bustling town within an easy walk. There are car parks in St Ives, but if you’re visiting for the day, it’s easier to park at St Erth or Lelant and catch the train in – it’s a very scenic ride.

Porthminster Beach

The largest, and some say the loveliest of St Ives’ beaches, this is a beautiful, protected swathe of golden sand with Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance. Lined with palm trees and with gorgeous turquoise waters, it’s easy to imagine you’re on some tropical beach abroad. An award-winning, Blue Flag beach, it’s great for families with safe swimming.

If you haven’t packed a picnic, head to the glam Porthminster Beach Cafe which has won awards for its incredible food, such as The Times’ Best Coastal Restaurant. There is a car park but it can get very busy.

Dogs are welcome on the beach except between Easter Sunday and the 30th September when the seasonal dog ban is in place.

Porthgwidden Beach

The smallest of the beaches in St Ives, this one lies close to the Island and is a deep cove. East facing, it’s quite a sun trap, sheltered by the surrounding grassy slopes with cute beach huts to the back. Another Blue Flag awarded beach, this is also perfect for families.

The Porthgwidden Cafe lies to the back of the beach and serves food from breakfast to dinner.

Dogs are welcome on the beach except between Easter Sunday and the 30th September when the seasonal dog ban is in place.

Porthmeor Beach

Set in front of Tate St Ives, this lovely beach is popular with both swimmers and surfers alike. Ideally located close to the town, it’s easy to pop in for supplies (maybe a pasty or an ice cream or two) and is a great picnic beach. Access is easy, making it popular with families whilst the surfing conditions tend to be brilliant in winter for those brave enough to venture in.

Dogs are welcome on the beach except between Easter Sunday and the 30th September when the seasonal dog ban is in place.

Harbour Beach

The beach closest to the town, this is a safe spot protected by the harbour and you’ll find fishing boats dotted around as it’s a fully working port – you can watch fishermen bring in their catch and it’s also where the town’s lifeboat station is housed. It’s a fun beach to explore, and perfect for a bit of a beach experience if you’re strapped for time.  When the tide is really low, it’s possible to wade ankle deep around to Porthminster beach.

Dogs are welcome on the beach except between Easter Sunday and the 30th September when the seasonal dog ban is in place.

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