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St Ives - Porthminster Beach

St Ives, Cornwall

A spectacular 1km sandy beach with a Mediterranean feel. A gently sloping beach ideal for families.

Beach Type



Lost child centre
First aid post
Toilets (including disabled)

Nature and Wildlife

Strolls through the town of St Ives. The Coastal Footpath winds away to Carbis Bay and beyond. Seals and dolphins visit these areas on a regular basis.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the lease holder.


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 Phone 0905 252 2250, Email [email protected], Website


Nearest town: St Ives
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2097, -5.4735
Postcode: TR26 2EB
(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.


Follow the road to St Ives. Turn off by Malakoff bus station to the Car Park. Steps lead to a small road and slope down to the beach.

Public Transport

Buses and trains run on a regular basis. The train station is situated by the car park. Branch line train service to St Erth connecting with the main Penzance to Paddington line. Bus routes 501 (summer only), 508, 516

Nearest Railway Stations

St Ives (Cornwall) (Less than half a mile away)
Carbis Bay (About a mile 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.


Approximately 200 car parking spaces are available for a fee.

Nearby Car Parks

St Ives Station, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Smeatons Pier, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Park Avenue, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Sloop, St Ives (Short stay).
About 0.5 miles away
The Stennack, St Ives (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Trenwith, St Ives (Medium/Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Barnoon, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
The Island, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Porthmeor, St Ives (Short stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Carbis Bay Station, St. Ives (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Ives