Beaches
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The Nook is just a short walk from the surfer’s paradise that is Porthmeor, but wherever you are in St Ives, you’re close to an incredible beach. At low tide, walk all the way from the harbour to Porthminster or take a short walk through the cobbled streets to pretty Porthgwidden.

St Ives Surf School

St Ives Surf School on Porthmeor is highly regarded as one of the best places to learn to surf in Cornwall.

Get the surf report here

Here’s our beach guide…

First up is our local beach Porthmeor – known for its fast, north-facing break, our local beach is the best choice for surfers. A crescent of white sand surrounded by headlands, it’s also perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities with lifeguard cover from Easter to the end of October. Be sure to enjoy lunch at Porthmeor beach Cafe, where seats on its top terrace are perfect for warm sunny days. Surf lessons and hire is available from St Ives Surf School.

Also among our pick of the other beautiful beaches that St Ives has to offer,  Porthgwidden is located beneath the steep grassy slopes of St Ives ‘Island’, with views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. If you’re hungry, Porthgwidden Beach Cafe specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and overlooks the beach

Close to St Ives Harbour and with views to Godrevy Lighthouse, Porthminster’s white sandy beach boasts The Porthminster Beach Cafe, an award-winning restaurant open throughout the whole winter season, serving Breakfast, Lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The St Ives Food and Drink Festival takes place on Porthminster Beach every May.

If you’re in town, St Ives Harbour Beach takes in the iconic seaside vibe. Everything the town has to offer is here, just watch out for the hungry seagulls!

For a hidden gem, seek out Bamaluz – nestled in between The Harbour and Porthgwidden beach and overlooked by Wheal Dream tin mine. Best at low tide if you don’t want to get your feet wet!

Further afield, there’s Porthkidney – next door to Carbis Bay, you’ll find Porthkidney Beach at the mouth of the Hayle estuary. At low tide, the sand can stretch a mile out to sea.

Last but not least, is the famous Carbis Bay – a beautiful white sandy beach where you can try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) or a range of other ocean-based activities.