Beaches in St Ives
With your holiday cottage in St Ives, you’ll be perfectly placed within walking distance of several stunning beaches. With each beach boasting its own charm and appeal; you'll find something for everyone, with family-friendly beaches, popular watersports venues, wide-open flat sands and hidden rock pools.
Harbour Beach - You can't get much more central to St Ives than Harbour Beach, which sits proudly in front of the bustling shops of St Ives (meaning you have immediate access to all the ice cream and places to eat you could need). Build sandcastles and swim in the safety of the harbour for a perfectly placed beach day in St Ives. See what you can expect with our St Ives Harbour webcam here.
Porthmeor - With the impressive Tate St Ives as its backdrop, Porthmeor beach is easily recognisable. Favoured by surfers and swimmers alike, this sandy beach is great for every kind of beach day from relaxed to energetic – or a mix of the two! It’s also one of only eight beaches in Cornwall to holda Blue Flag Award, which positions it at the top for quality, safety and environmental management.
Porthminster - With a café practically on the beach for ice creams and any forgotten picnic essentials (like more ice cream), the golden sands of Porthminster are always beckoning for a beach day. Palm trees dot the outskirts of the beach, adding a tropical feel to the beach. Combine this with the balmy climate of St Ives and you’ve got a Mediterranean holiday without climbing on a plane.
Porthgwidden - This sheltered beach is a veritable sun trap in the summer months, creating another glorious spot for swimming in St Ives. Family friendly with a superb café overlooking the beach, Porthgwidden might not be the biggest beach but it’s certainly one of the best. Simply stretch out on the soft sand and let the sound of waves take you away.