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St Ives - Porthmeor Beach

St Ives, Cornwall

One of the foremost surfing beaches in Cornwall. The backdrop to the beach is dominated by the Tate Gallery.

Beach Type



Lost child centre
First aid post
Toilets (including disabled)


Offering some of the best surfing in St Ives

Nature and Wildlife

Rockpools on both sides of the beach are well worth exploring. Walks around the Island and Clodgy Point on the coastal footpath. Cycle routes are the same as for cars. Seals and dolphins regularly visit this beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the lease holder and litter bins are provided.


Dogs are banned from Easter Day until 1st October.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

St. Ives Tourist Information Centre The Guildhall Street An Pol St. Ives TR26 2DS E-mail:[email protected] web site:


Nearest town: St Ives
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2164, -5.4838
Postcode: TR26 1JZ
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around St Ives, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Following the one-way system through St Ives will take you past Porthmeor Beach. The car park is situated over looking the West end of the beach. Steps down to the beach from this car park.

Public Transport

Bus routes 501 (summer only), 508, 516

Nearest Railway Stations

St Ives (Cornwall) (Less than half a mile away)
Carbis Bay (About a mile and a half away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 3 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 3 miles away)
Hayle (Approx. 3 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Around 50 car parking spaces are available for a charge.

Nearby Car Parks

Porthmeor, St Ives (Short stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Barnoon, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Sloop, St Ives (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
The Island, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Smeatons Pier, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
The Stennack, St Ives (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Park Avenue, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Trenwith, St Ives (Medium/Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
St Ives Station, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Carbis Bay Station, St. Ives (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Ives