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St Ives Beaches Cornwall

Beaches St Ives Cornwall

Beaches St Ives Cornwall

St Ives has five beaches all different in their own way, so there is a beach to suit all moods. The St Ives Beach locations are shown on a map at the bottom of the page.

Please note there are dog bans in place on most of the St Ives beaches from the Sunday before Easter until 30th September and dogs are not allowed on the beaches even in the evenings. Persons with dogs on the beach during the ban period will be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £80 and asked to remove their dog from the beach immediately.  St Ives Town Council enforcement officers will be responsible for ensuring the ban is complied with.

Porthminster Beach St Ives Cornwall

A large crescent shaped beach with beautifully coloured golden sands and views towards St Ives harbour and across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Usually sheltered with quite a calm sea, Porthminster beach St Ives is a fantastic place to relax and spend some time. Behind Porthminster beach is a cafe, take-away, beach shop, pitch an' put and hire shop. Sunbathers, swimmers, picnickers and Kayakers enjoy this beach.

Porthminster beach Cornwall is Lifeguarded mid may until towards the end of September and has a seasonal dog ban from the Sunday before Easter until 30 September.

Porthgwidden Beach St Ives Cornwall

Porthgwidden beach is a small cove with sandy beach set on the East side of The Island St Ives. Usually very sheltered the sea varies from being calm to having the surf for short bodyboard rides - although this beach is not lifeguarded so nearby beaches with lifeguards are better for going into the sea. Porthgwidden beach has views across St Ives Bay towards Godrevy lighthouse. There is a bistro behind Porthgwidden, a take away with outside seating serving and a shop (just up the steep slope by the toilets) selling beach goods and take away drinks. There is access from Porthgwidden beach via steps to the grassy areas of the Island.

Porthgwidden beach has a seasonal dog ban from the Sunday before Easter until 30 September.

Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall

Porthmeor beach St Ives is a large golden sandy beached pounded by the Atlantic Ocean, often producing good waves and making it popular with surfers and bodyboarders. There is a bistro behind Porthmeor beach, take away and hire shop. This beach due to position can be rather windy.

Porthmeor beach St Ives is lifeguarded from early May until towards the end of September. There is a seasonal dog ban on the beach from the Sunday before Easter until 30 September.

Harbour (or Town) beach St Ives Cornwall

Harbour beach is a sandy beach right in the centre of St Ives Cornwall and as the name suggests lies next to the still working (although quite small) harbour. Nice place to sit and see the world go by and watch boats coming in and out of St Ives harbour. Harbour beach looks out onto St Ives Lighthouse and out to sea beyond. The beach is not lifeguarded and their is a seasonal dog ban between the hours of 8.00am and 7.00pm from the Sunday before Easter until 30 September each year.


A small beach with sandy area backed by rocks which is a dog friendly beach all year round. Follow the road and then path from the harbour towards Porthgwidden beach. Just after the museum as you start walking on the path there is a flight of steps running down to the beach. Lots of dogs meet for a play here.

More information for those of you with dogs ....

On nearby Carbis Bay Beach dogs are not allowed between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm from the Sunday before Easter until 30 September each year thereby allowing access to dogs from 5pm until 8am in the morning.

In addition St Ives Town Council have also made a dogs on leads order for the footpath from St Uny Church to Porthkidney Sands, Lelant so even though the beach is dog friendly, dogs will need to be on a lead until they get there.


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