Porthgwidden is often overlooked in the St Ives beaches stakes. Smaller than the others it does benefit from being more sheltered. It sits in the lee of the Island which blocks out most of the predominant winds and makes Porthgwidden a veritable sun trap.
Despite the lack of lifeguards there are plenty of other facilities including a two-storey row of beach huts that are available to rent from the council. There is also a good cafe overlooking the beach.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Seasonal dog ban. No dogs on beach from 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm
Access from the Island car park behind via a gently sloped slip road down to the beach
OS grid ref.
SW 5216 4102
Parking is difficult in St Ives and it is better to visit the town by bus or by train unless staying in the town itself. Porthgwidden is located right next to the reasonably sized Island car park, but this tends to fill up relatively quickly in the summer. There is a large car park above the town but this is a bit of a walk and can be a hard climb for young families.