The Beach Guide

Porthminster Beach

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Large sheltered sandy beach with all facilities one would expect on a Blue Flag beach. Much more sheltered than St Ives' other main beach Porthemeor making it ideal for families.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 19 May to 30 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

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Disabled access

Blue Flag beach with plenty of facilities for all abilities. Easy access to beach. Sand chair for hire, contact the lifeguard office on the beach, or call 01736 793940


TR26 2EB

OS grid ref.

SW 5211 4008


Porthminster beach is located right next to St Ives train station and a large car park. It is around 5 minutes walk from the town centre and catered for by the highly respected Porthminster cafe.


Parking in St Ives is always difficult but the bus and railway termini are close to this beach.


Blue Flag Award