Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Beaches near St Ives

Map featuring St Ives beaches. Click on pins to view beach details

The beach guide has 12 beaches listed in and around the town of St Ives.

  1. Lambeth Walk Beach

    Lambeth Walk Beach
    dog friendly toilets beach cafe

    The oddly named Lambeth Walk beach is easily overlooked, despite being almost in the town centre of St Ives. Part of the reason is it doesn't really exist at high tide. At low tide things are different - the beach joins…

  2. Porthmeor Beach

    Porthmeor Beach
    lifeguarded car park good surf blue flag

    Porthmeor is arguably St Ives' premier beach and as such one of Cornwall's finest. The beach consists of a long stretch of golden sand overlooked by numerous artists' studios and the Tate Gallery. Porthmeor is also St Ives'…

  3. St Ives Harbour Beach

    St Ives Harbour Beach
    car park

    The name is a bit of give away here. Part harbour, part beach St Ives harbour beach offers the best of both. A sheltered sandy beach with plenty going on both in the working harbour and the town behind. There is sand here…

  4. Porthminster Beach

    Porthminster Beach
    lifeguarded toilets beach cafe car park blue flag

    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.

  5. Bamaluz Beach

    Bamaluz Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded car park good surf

    The remains of Wheal Dream tin mine overlook this quiet, sandy beach. Situated between the harbour and Porthgwidden beach, Bamaluz often goes un-noticed by the majority of visitors. The beach itself is fairly sheltered from…

  6. Porthgwidden Beach

    Porthgwidden Beach
    toilets beach cafe car park

    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…

  7. Clodgy Point Beach

    Clodgy Point Beach
    dog friendly car park

    The beach here gets its name from the headland that shelters it to the west, Clodgy Point. Despite being seperated from Porthmeor beach by a a few hundred metres it is a completely different world. Golden sand is replaced…

  8. Carbis Bay

    Carbis Bay
    lifeguarded toilets beach cafe car park good surf

    Large sheltered sandy beach suitable for families with plenty of facilities close by. The beach is protected both by it's aspect and the large tree covered cliffs - a rarity on the North Cornish Coast. At lower tides it…

  9. Porthkidney Beach

    Porthkidney Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded car park good surf nudist beach

    Large sandy beach in front of the sand dunes of Lelant. Reasonably sheltered at the western end and usually quiet. At low tide Carbis Bay Beach is accessible by walking around the point. The river is not suitable for swimming…

  10. Black Cliff Beach

    Black Cliff Beach
    dog friendly car park

    Long sandy beach stretching from Hayle Towans to Mexico Towans, sheltered by cliffs.

  11. Hayle Towans Beach

    Hayle Towans Beach
    lifeguarded car park good surf

    This expanse of beach is what makes up most of Hayle's '3 miles of golden sand'. At low tide all the Hayle beaches join up to provide an impressive stretch of sand popular with sand yachts and kite buggies. Despite being…

  12. Mexico Towans Beach

    Mexico Towans Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded car park

    Part of the long stretch of sandy beaches backed by sand dunes at Hayle.