Peer over the sturdy harbour wall in St Ives at low tide and you’ll see a golden sandy beach. This central beach is a brilliant sun trap and it’s a safe choice for those with children who just want to enjoy the clear waters and create sandcastles.
Harbour Beach is a smaller St Ives beach, but it’s right in the centre of the town, so it’s easy to reach and well-served by the nearby shops and facilities. There’ll be no trek for an ice cream at this well-located sandy spot as the surrounding streets are lined with parlours and shops. Harbour Beach is sandy, and there’s a dog ban between May and September so it’s great for small children during the summer.
Due to the cobbled charm of St Ives it can be easier to walk than try to drive and find a parking space. The harbour is right in the midst of St Ives so the beach and its surroundings bustle with activity. Don’t forget that Si Ives remains a working fishing port, and part of the charm of this beach is the chance to sit and watch the fishermen as they land their catches of the day.
The nearby Lifeboat Station has been running for more than a century and it’s open to visitors.