Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall



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.

Beach 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.


Our weather forecast for Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall

Today (Thursday, May 06)
Expect a temperature in the range 6.8℃ to 8.6℃ with a wind speed 5.7 m/sec (N)
Friday, May 07
Expect a temperature in the range 5.2℃ to 7.3℃ with a wind speed 2.7 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, May 08
Expect a temperature in the range 10.6℃ to 12.3℃ with a wind speed 9.2 m/sec (SE)
Sunday, May 09
Expect a temperature in the range 10.5℃ to 12.3℃ with a wind speed 11.2 m/sec (SSW)
Monday, May 10
Expect a temperature in the range 9.6℃ to 10℃ with a wind speed 8 m/sec (SW)
Tuesday, May 11
Expect a temperature in the range 8.3℃ to 9.4℃ with a wind speed 9.8 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, May 12
Expect a temperature in the range 9.6℃ to 11.1℃ with a wind speed 7.2 m/sec (SSW)

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK


Our tide forecast for Porthmeor Beach in Cornwall.

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1 Review on “Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall”

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  • 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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