St Ives beaches

We’re so lucky to have a collection of beaches in St Ives, from the sandy sweep of Porthmeor to the rockpooly little Bamaluz cove.

If you’re after sand, swimmable sea, and a set of handy amenities, Porthmeor and Porthminster are excellent choices. Porthmeor is the first beach you come to after heading down the hill from The Garrack, and it’s understandable why many guests make this their beach base for their stay. There’s also a surf school on Porthmeor, and a fun mini-golf course on Porthminster.

Smaller Porthgwidden is a sandy cove the other side of The Island from Porthmeor. It’s notable for its excellent cafe and take-away, as well as its chirpy row of cheerful beach huts. It’s more sheltered than its big sister beaches, and the fact that it’s small and enclosed makes it a lovely beach for young families. However, please note that the sea shelves quickly and there’s no lifeguard cover here.

It’s a real treat to have a beach in the middle of town.With its bright boats and stripy deckchairs adding splashes of colour, Harbour Beach is a lovely, lively place to hang out. Treat yourself to a Moomaid ice cream and enjoy the beach’s buzz. (However, Harbour Beach is Gull Central, so take it in turns to set one of your party on guard duty while you eat…)

Best-kept-secret beach, Bamaluz, welcomes canine visitors all year, and is also great for rockpools and scrambling. Between Harbour Beach and Porthminster Beach, pretty and pebbly Lambeth Walk Beach is also dog-friendly – although be aware of the tide, as the beach vanishes at high water.