Unsurprisingly, we love beaches. Especially St Ives’ beaches. With no less than 7 within easy reach, we’ll walk you through them right here… 


Home to the local surf scene and Tate, St Ives. Arguable one of the most popular beaches in town. St Ives Surf School are based here and the wonderful Porthmeor Beach Cafe, both highly recommended by us. Don’t forget to head here for sunsets, this is where the magic happens.

Like Porthmeor Beach? You might like 22 Piazza.


The next one around is Porthgwidden, a beautiful little cove hidden behind the Island and often missed by visitors. Home to a great restaurant/cafe and a sheltered beach overlooking the bay.


Tucked away this little beach is really only accessible at high tide, but what a spot to watch sunrise.


Very few harbours in the UK can boast clear waters and golden sands. St Ives is a rarity and the harbour beach is a good place to see shelter in Northerly winds with lots of conveniences nearby. It is a working harbour though so do keep an eye on young ones.


Swimming, great food, St Ives Watersports Centre and more crystal waters make this a popular spot year round. It’s easily accessible from town and you’ll pass it if using the coastal path towards Carbis Bay. Porthminster Beach Cafe is recommended for a visit for lunch or dinner.


A 20 to 30 minute walk from St Ives brings you to the Blue Flag haven of Carbis Bay. More golden sands, clear waters and a really good watersports centre, Ocean Sports. Kayaking, SUP’s and sailing are prime activities. For those less inspired at getting wet will find Carbis Bay Hotel’s Spa a pleasant retreat!


The next spot around is Porthkidney, also home to Hawkes Point. A winter surfing gem or a quiet summer haven, you choose. Rarely busy, frequently all to yourself. This stretch of sand is large, spacious and stunning. Sunrises are spectacular and the views unforgettable. Highly recommended if you fancy an explore.

Breakfast with a view

Don’t miss… West Beach, Porthmeor

Pizza, beers and sunset. Sound good? Head to West Beach on Porthmeor. The best pizza’s in town and arguably one of the finest views too. It’s one of our favourites for takeout pizzas as you can easily find a sunny spot on Porthmeor to eat.

Open seasonally, you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner here. The sandwich’s rock and there is always a laid back feel.

We hope to see you down there one evening in summer…


St Ives Restaurants

eat like a king (or a fisherman)


St Ives Beaches

The finest golden sands around


Get your boots on

It's time for a good stomp on the beach


Watersports Galore

Jump into the ocean...


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