Described by The Telegraph as "an urban beach at its finest", Porthminster Beach in St Ives is all about golden sands and clear waters - and it's the longest beach in the area. With sands that roll on for half a blissful mile, the beach is ideal for those on bucket and spade beach holidays, and as it's naturally sheltered it's also a favourite with those of you who just love some time out in the sun.
This beach comes recommended by our trusty friends at The Good Beach Guide, and you get to enjoy the balmy atmosphere and palms of a secluded cove with all the benefits of being close to town. Make sure you take your sunglasses along for this beach visit as the rays bounce straight off the clear waters with dazzling results!
The sea around Porthminster Beach is calmer here than at some of the others in St Ives, so don’t confuse it with Porthmeor which has great surf! As with all beaches in St Ives there is a seasonal dog ban, and don’t miss a visit to the Porthminster Beach Cafe while you’re there. Parking can be a bit of a problem at this spot, but the branch line station is just 50 yards from the sand and the views are gorgeous.