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St Ives Beaches

Beaches in St Ives and Carbis Bay are amongst the most beautiful in Europe and are noted for their clean and sparkling seawater and their outstanding beach facilities.  St Ives has various beaches ideal for surfing, families, swimming, sunbathing and, of course, perfect sand for sandcastles!

The RNLI lifesaving service has excellent cover on all the main beaches during the daytime in summer.  It is always recommended that you check that the beach you intend to go to has lifeguard cover.

Porthmeor Beach

Voted 5th in Tripadvisor's Traveller's Choice 2016. Sandy surfing and sunbathing beach.  Often good surf conditions.  Surfboard area marked with black and white flags.  General safe bathing: check with lifeguards.  Parking nearby at Balnoon car park.

  • Dog ban in place from Sunday 9th April to 30th September 2017
  • RNLI Lifeguard service on beach throughout the summer and weekends in October.

Porthminster Beach

Voted 7th in Tripadvisor's Traveller's Choice 2016.  Half a mile of golden sands with calm sea conditions.  Safe for bathing, sheltered, ideal for sunbathing.  Cafe on the beach, car parking by railway station and toilets nearby.

  • Dog ban in place from Sunday 9th April to 30th September 2017
  • RNLI lifeguard patrolled in the summer

Porthgwidden Beach

Sheltered in a cove between the Island and the Museum, the golden sands and bathing conditions make this an ideal beach to visit.  Cafe next to the beach.  Toilets open in summer.  Very limited parking in the nearby Island car park.

  • Dog ban in place from Sunday Sunday 9th April to 30th September 2017

 Bamaluz Beach

Small sheltered beach, ideal for sunbathing.  Suitable for bathing.  

  • Dogs are permitted on this beach, but owners are asked to be responsible and ensure that they do not cause a nuisance to other beach users and nearby residents.
  • No RNLI Lifeguard cover

Harbour  Beach

A beach suitable for families.  Golden sands and wonderful view of the harbour.  Need to be aware that this is a working harbour used by fishing boats and pleasure boats.

  • Dog ban in place from Sunday 9th April to 30th September 2017 between 8am and 7pm

Carbis Bay Beach

A large sandy beach with very safe bathing and almost always very calm conditions.  A lovely beach for families.  Parking available.  Cafe facilities and toilets on site. 

  • Dog ban in place from Sunday 9th April to 30th September 2017 except between the hours 5am and 8am
  • RNLI Lifeguards patrol throughout the summer.

Lelant beach - Porthkidney Beach

Porthkidney beach has a vast expanse of sand with sand dunes behind.  At low tide there is almost a mile to the waters edge.  Limited parking in Lelant and a long walk to reach the beach.  Dangerous to bathe in the river but safe in the sea if you keep between the flags. 

  • Dogs are permitted on this beach, owners are requested to be responsible.
  • Lifeguards on patrol during the summer. 

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