Porthgwidden beach sits in the lee of ‘the Island’, the large rocky headland that sits at the limit of the St Ives peninsula. Just around the corner from the much bigger and wilder Porthmeor beach, Porthgwidden is much more sheltered from wind and waves. It’s a great spot for catching a few rays and families with all the facilities at hand including car parking and a good cafe.
Bamaluz is St Ives’ ‘secret beach’. Tucked away between Porthgwidden and the harbour it is only really a beach at low tide
Is it a harbour or is it a beach? Well it actually does a pretty good impression of both! The golden sand stretches along the wharf side and at low tide all the way to Porthminster beach. One of the best things about the harbour beach is it is right in the heart of the town.
Porthminster is often regarded as St Ives’ other beach after Porthmeor around the headland. However, Porthminster has plenty going for it, from the highly rated Porthminster Beach Cafe to the safe sheltered bathing. It is also right next to the town’s train station and main bus stop.
Porthmeor is St Ives’ most popular beach. A long stretch of golden sand flanked by rugged headlands on either side Porthmeor is both dramatic and beautiful. One of the beaches greatest assets is its closeness to the town and facilities, not to mention the Tate Gallery which overlooks it.