St Ives (Cornwall) Coast and Beaches

St Ives is a beautiful Cornwall seaside town that wraps around the harbour with breathtaking scenery and its streets are narrow, winding with uneven cobbles.

With the benefit of the Atlantic swells and warmth of the Gulf Stream, the area offers some of the best surf conditions for all abilities. But St Ives greatest asset is that the beaches surround the town with slightly different aspects to offer something to suit all visitors. The town has five beaches: Porthmeor has the atlantic swells and is known for it's surfing, Porthgwidden a small sandy cove, Bamaluz the dog friendly cove, Harbour by the working port and Porthminster which has almost half a mile of sand. You then also have Carbis Bay that is just one stop away on the St Ives branch line.

Although this is clearly a seaside town their is much more than just the magnificent beaches. Spend time exploring the cobbled streets, finding local goods from a wide range of small independent shops and galleries. St Ives is known for it's art, The Tate St Ives overlooks Porthmeor Beach, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and her sculpture garden contains the largest group of Hepworth's works and then you have the St Ives Museum.

Why not check beaches nearby as we have 216 beaches in Cornwall. You can even take a look at our list of Cornwall dog friendly beaches or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

St Ives Cornwall Coast Map


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