Hayle is the closest town to St Ives at just over 2 miles away. Once an important industrial town with a foundry and power station Hayle now relies largely on its wonderful beaches to attract tourists.
The village of Zennor is located about 3 miles from St Ives on the north coast road. It has some fine coastal scenery and a pretty church and pub with a very pleasant beer garden. Zennor is possibly best known though from the legend of the Mermaid of Zennor
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.