There is 5 beachs!
Porthminster – With the perfect location right next to the train station, Porthminster is a long sandy beach and its nicely sheltered so usually stays quite calm. The beach is lucky enough to have an amazing restaurant right on the sand, Porthminster beach café is known for serving fine food right on the beachfront.
Harbour beach – Situated within the thick granite harbour walls this is actually still a working harbour. This is the most central beach right in the heart of St Ives surrounded by cafes, shops, and restaurants. Including St Ives oldest pub ‘The Sloop’. The harbour walls keep the beach sheltered and the waters calm enough to swim but watch out for boats!
Porthmeor – Just Infront of the world-famous Tate gallery lies the golden sand of Porthmeor beach, there is a surf school on the beach and Porthmeor café enjoys amazing views of the Atlantic ocean.
Porthgwidden – A sandy cove on the opposite side of the headland to Porthmeor, not quite as crowded and a bit more spacious than the harbour beach makes it the perfect sunbathing spot. Some great facilities include Porthgwidden café, snack shop and there’s even beach huts for hire!
Bamaluz – Around the corner from Porthgwidden is the almost secret beach which is only accessible at low tide via steep steps. A small quiet beach which is ideal for those early morning swims.
5 beaches to choose from in one location!? We could finish the blog here, but we have 4 other equally great reasons to come and visit so please keep reading...
Picturesque Cornish village
Walking through the cobbled streets of St Ives you feel like you are in the heart of Cornwall, browse the huge selection of shops and galleries, and eat at fantastic local restaurants and cafes. Voted best family holiday destination by 'Coast magazine' and Porthminster beach is one of 'TripAdvisor’s' top 10 European beaches.
Art hot spot
Holiday makers and locals are really spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries in St Ives, to name just a few; The Penwith, The Blue Bramble, Salthouse, New Craftsman, Belgrave, Porthminster gallery and don’t forget to visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum!
Popular with both swimmers and surfers, Porthmeor gives consistent waves which are great to learn on. With a well-known surf school right there on the beach with the best equipment and instructors around, there’s really no excuse not to get that wet suit on and at least give it a try!
St Ives is lucky enough to have countless well-regarded restaurant which cover cuisines from around the world as well as proudly serving the freshest local seafood. To name just a few ones you must visit – Porthminster café, The rum & crab shack, Beer & bird, Rajpoot, The Hub, Talay Thai, Caffe Pasta, that’s 7 we have given you, one for each night of the week.
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