Porthmeor Beach (Cornwall)

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  • Porthmeor beach is perfect for families, as the beach sits in the town of St Ives and is overlooked by the Tate St Ives.

    The beach has good sand at the top and then a slope at high water mark takes you to a large expanse of flat compact sand.

    Surf school is located on the beach.

    This beach has a cafe and restaurant, toilets, seasonal lifeguards and access to St. Ives town. In the summer it can be very hard to park in St. Ives.

    Porthmeor Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

    Porthmeor Beach has dog restrictions. Porthmeor beach does not allow dogs May to September.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 50 beaches around Penwith Peninsula, 215 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • 1 Review on “Porthmeor Beach (Cornwall)”

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago

      A great beach in the heart of St Ives.
      The kids enjoyed bodyboarding and playing on the large beach area, although as the tide came in the remaining sandy areas became a bit busy. Also good as you can leave your towels on the beach and just grab a Cornish pasty from the local bakery.

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  • 7-day Weather Forecast

    Rain today and tomorrow, with high temperatures rising to 11°C on Thursday.

    Today's Forecast
     Rain and windy starting in the evening.
       69%  94%   6 mph
      8:11 am    4:57 pm
    Tuesday, Jan 22nd
     Light rain in the morning and windy until afternoon.
       81%  80%   23 mph
      8:10 am    4:58 pm

    Wednesday, Jan 23rd
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       54%  89%   16 mph
      8:09 am    5:00 pm
    Thursday, Jan 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       53%  84%   10 mph
      8:07 am    5:02 pm

    Friday, Jan 25th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       26%  86%   12 mph
      8:06 am    5:03 pm
    Saturday, Jan 26th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon.
       75%  87%   18 mph
      8:05 am    5:05 pm

    Sunday, Jan 27th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy until evening.
       48%  58%   24 mph
      8:04 am    5:07 pm
    Monday, Jan 28th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy overnight.
       54%  62%   21 mph
      8:03 am    5:08 pm

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  • Beach Bathing Water Quality

    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
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