Although similar in size to Porthmeor, Porthminster beach has a very different, much more genteel feel to it. With no rugged headlands and pounding surf this sheltered, sandy beach is perfect for families. Rather than facing out into the Atlantic Ocean, Porthminster looks across St Ives Bay towards Godrevy Point and its lighthouse.
This is a great beach for spending some time and relaxing with one of St Ives’ most acclaimed restaurants right on the beach (The Porthminster Cafe). If you are feeling a little more energetic then why not indulge in a spot of mini golf on the beachfront putting green. A consistent winner of the coveted Blue Flag beach award there are no lack of facilities here including toilets and a car park.
Getting here shouldn’t be a problem either. There is level access from the town centre and not only does the bus station overlook the beach, but the train station is right next to it too. Given the choice taking the train on the St Ives branch line is to be recommended – it is oft named as one of the most scenic train line in the UK and in addition there is a park and ride stop at nearby Lelant Saltings.
For the more active there is a lovely cliff walk along the South West Coast Path from Porthminster to Carbis Bay and Lelant beyond.