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St Ives Beach Guide

The beach guide to St.Ives…

The harbour beach is amazing for soaking up the St Ives vibe. Watch the fishing boats returning from their catch and the freedom of the changing skies and tides. Grab a coffee in one of the harbour  front cafes or bars and do some people watching! Sunny corner
or Poets corner famous for the subject of many Art works, located in the corner next to the pier sat above the beach, always reflects the light in the most unusual way.

One of our favourite things to do in spring time, whilst there is still a bite in the air, is to grab a couple of huge blankets, one to lay on the sand, and one to snuggle up in.  Pitch up down on the beach, against the harbour wall looking out over to the old Coast Guard Cottages that nestle into the green headland.  We  watch the children seeking for interesting sea life left behind in the rippled sand pools.

 

 

Porthminster-TR26 2ED-Lifeguard patrol

Over looked by the Harbour Hotel and Pend Olva hotel; which is a good place a cold refreshing drink on a hot day or a hot chocolate on a rainy day. The Porthminster is perfect for small children there’s plenty of room to play around in the sand and it is known for being a much calmer than the Porthmeor beach which is known for its waves.

The toilets are situated towards the path and putting green, behind the beach Café.

The Porthminster beach café restaurant is situated here, serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals, often frequented by Ross Poldark!

From the Harbour head towards the Lifeboat Station, and follow the pathway all the way along the Lambeth walk past the Blas Burger Bar and then the Pend Olva hotel. Through the trees you should be able to see the beach. The path bends round and drops round to the beach. Although 5 minutes out of town its a really nice location.

Harbour

The harbour beach is amazing for soaking up the St Ives vibe. Watch the fishing boats returning from their catch along with the freedom of the changing skies and tides. Grab a coffee in one of the harbour front cafes or bars and do some people watching! Sunny corner
or Poets corner famous for the subject of many Art works, located in the corner next to the pier sat above the beach, always reflects the light in the most unusual way.

One of our favourite things to do in spring time, whilst there is still a bite in the air, is to grab a couple of huge blankets, one to lay on the sand, and one to snuggle in.  Pitch up down on the beach, against the harbour wall looking out over to the old Coast Guard Cottages that nestle into the green headland.  We take a flask of something and watch the children seeking for interesting sea life left behind in the rippled sand pools.

Bamaluz Beach

This is a small beach that sits behind Smeatons Pier, at low tide you can walk around the pier wall from the harbour to reach it, or nip down the old slipway behind the Harbour Masters Office. Alternatively, head towards the St Ives Museum and there are steps that lead directly onto the beach. This is the best access with dogs and they are allowed on this beach all year round, although there is not much beach when it’s tide high.

Porthgwidden Beach

This is my favourite beach for a family days, secluded by rocks, it is a cove that faces East and can tend to find itself as a bit of a sun trap.

The beach has three access points. Anti-clockwise from the Chapel side, there are some steep steps coming down to from the island side, with the green above.

The second is a slipway (the main entrance) which is a steep hill, but no steps. Accessible for wheelchairs or prams. The third is from a private a car park way in which is followed round from Bamaluz beach (all year round dog beach) with only sea and rocks in between.

There is a beach cafe for takeaways, and a small terrace with benches. You can purchase ice creams, cold beers and drinks, sandwiches, chips and snacks.

The Pothgwidden beach Cafe restaurant sits above the beach cafe kiosk. Breakfast, Lunch and evening meals are all served here.

Beach huts can be rented out from the beach cafe. Great if you are staying at the top of town and don’t fancy lugging your beach kit back and forth every day.

At the top of the slipway there are public toilets.

Porthmeor-TR26 1JZ- Lifeguard patrol

Porthmeor beach also known as the surf beach, is the biggest and the best of what St.Ives holds for water sport fun. Waves have racked up to be 10ft and above, but that’s only on good days usually surf varies from 3ft to 6ft meaning that passion of surfing and body boarding can be thoroughly fulfilled. Evenings are even better on he Porthmeor beach, relax and enjoy and fish n chip supper or a barbecue as you will experience one of the best sunsets that Europe has to offer.

Porthmeor beach is the home to St Ives surfing school for children and adults, which you can book. They also offer wetsuit, surfboard and body board hire.

You will also find the Porthmeor beach café here, serving breakfast, lunch, tapas & evening meals. They have outside ‘seating pods’ perfect for watching the sun go down over Mans Head with a chilled glass of wine accompanied by some seafood, be sure to book your pod in advance as they are in high demand!

During the summer season on the West side of the beach, known Porthmeor West a Bar and pizza restaurant that opens, their sourdough pizza are scrumptious.

 

There are three access points Porthmeor beach, a slipway close to the Island, on the Porthmeor road, this closest assess if you are crossing over from the Porthgwidden beach. The middle access is just by the Porthmeor beach café, you will find steps down onto the beach and find yourself near the middle. About 50 metres further on you, opposite the Tate Gallery will come to a slipway that takes you down onto the West side of Porthmeor beach and the St Ives surf school.

Carbis Bay-TR26 2NW-Lifeguard patrol

Carbis Bay is around a 40 minute walk from St.Ives along the coastal path, or you can take the St Ives Road, although this is less picturesque.

Buses and trains also go to Carbis Bay, the train will take you nearest to the beach. Carbis Bay beach has perfect view back to of St.Ives and is another calm sunny beach.

There is a beach café and toilet facilities. Access to this beach is from the main car parking area, you parking spaces are limited and charges can fluctuate up to £10 in high season.

The Carbis Bay hotel looks overlooks this stunning beach.

  PorthKidney-TR26 3DY- Lifeguard patrol

Porthkidney is past the headland of Carbis Bay and is a huge expansive beach with amazing natural sand dunes behind it. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year round. Hayle is n the opposite, across the estuary.

Dogs will love the beach especially the natural forming pools that they can splash about in.

Porthkidney has access routes on coastal paths from St Ives through the dunes a walk there. You can access the main footpath through the golf course, the path starts from the Lelant church.

There is a lifeguard at this beach because of its tidal river and its fast moving tides between Hayle’s beach. The times of the Lifeguard is: RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily during July and August.

Dogs & Beaches

Seasonal dog ban applies: Dogs are banned from the first Sunday before Easter and 30th September on Porthminster , Porthgwidden, and Porthmeor. Bamaluz beach dogs are permitted to go on all year round. On the Carbis Bay beach, dogs are permitted between 5am and 8am, still complying with the seasonal dog ban below.

You are allowed on the Harbour before 8am and after 7pm from the Sunday before Easter until the 30th of September each year.

Lifeguards

Please note Lifeguards are seasonal on beaches in cornwall. Please check www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/lifeguards

SEA GULLS

Can’t stress enough how vicious these creatures can be for some lunch or dinner! And please don’t feed them as it motivates them more to steel food from you.

TOP TIP- Never walk away from the ice cream kiosk carrying ice creams freely, keep them shrouded and eat them against a wall or under a brolly!  Watch out for them circling above and calling their pals along to attack you!