Getting beach beautiful in St Ives

If you’re coming to St.Ives for a visit, you’ll undoubtedly be making the most of the beaches. After a long drive in the car, there’s nothing that beats dipping your toes in the ocean and breathing in the fresh sea air to start your holiday in earnest. Having various beaches on your doorstep means you’re never far away from the draw of the ocean, but it’s worth knowing that each and every beach destination in and around the town has something unique to offer.  Our friends at The Cottage Boutique, who specialise in luxury self catering accommodation exclusively in the town, sum up their top tips on the best beaches to enjoy.

Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor is one of only five Blue Flag beaches in Cornwall and it shows. A beautiful stretch of sandy beach overlooked by The Tate Gallery, it’s a great destination for all the family.  Not only can you kick back and relax on this golden sandy beach, you can also enjoy great food in the fantastic Porthmeor cafe as well as learn to surf if you’re keen on watersports (thanks guys!). Porthmeor West (stretch of beach closest to Man’s Head) is also great for families with small children who can explore the rock pools when the tide is out.

Great for: Captivating sunsets on the beach and experiencing the joys of surfing.

Porthminster Beach

Beautiful, almost white sands with crystal clear waters, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Med. Another great family destination with little ones as the waters are normally a lot calmer, so great for paddling. The beach also boasts superb food and drink at the highly acclaimed Porthminster Beach Café. And if you’re feeling energetic, then it’s also worth trying stand up paddleboarding (SUP) that has fast becoming the latest trend in watersports.

Great for: Camping out with the family to build sandcastles, try your hand at SUP on the lovely flat water and enjoying with a beer at the café.

Harbour Beach

Still a working harbour with boats aplenty, there’s always something to see.  It’s a veritable sun-trap and you’ll often find that it is one of the most sheltered beaches on a windy day. It’s right in the heart of town, close to all local amenities and is a great spot if you’re taking a quick break from an amble around the town. Beware of the pesky seagulls however if you’re grabbing a bite to eat there.

Great for: watching the world go by if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare.

Porthgwidden Beach

A beautiful little cove, Porthgwidden Beach is quintessentially what you expect an idyllic Cornish beach to be like.  Set beneath The Island, it’s great for safe bathing and is often sheltered better from the elements than neighbouring Porthmeor Beach.

 Great for: An early morning stroll followed by a coffee and breakfast in the Porthgwidden Beach Café.

Porthkidney Sands

A short train or car ride away from St.Ives, this stretch of golden sands is perfect if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle in the height of summer.  Providing great panoramic views across to St Ives as well as to Gwithian and beyond, this great expanse of beach provides room to spread out and enjoy a long, uninterrupted and peaceful walk by the shoreline. When the tide is out, you often find the sands provide shallow pools, great for swimming.

Great for: Getting away from it all and enjoying panoramic views of the bay.

If you fancy getting away from it all and want your own little slice of beach, book a unique place to stay with


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Posted by on 9 March 2015

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