Porthgwidden Beach is found to the east of Porthmeor and is more of a sandy cove than a beach – but that only adds to its charm. Thanks to its soft golden sands and its sheltered position the beach is a favourite with families, and if you love a sun trap head to this east-facing gem in the morning when the rays are at their best.
Because the cove is sheltered, swimming at Porthgwidden is safe but bear in mind that there's no lifeguard service at this one. This beach has the best of both worlds, as its sheltering cliffs give it an isolated feel yet it’s served by a range of facilities, and it’s close to the centre of St Ives too.
Walk from the beach to the nearby headland known as St Ives Island as this is one of the best vantage points for views in St Ives (and that's no small claim). If you walk around the headland take an anti-clockwise direction and you'll end up at Porthmeor Beach and then the Tate St Ives.
The car parks at this beach can become busy on a warm day so we'd recommend walking from the town centre if you can. There's a seasonal dog ban at Porthgwidden between Easter and October, and there are cafes and toilets by the beach.