If there’s a beach that merges the art world with the surf scene then it’s got to be Porthmeor. Stand in the Tate St Ives and look outside and you’ll see this sandy beach with its clear waters – in fact the sight will inspire the artist in you even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush.
Just outside the Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is one of the most popular beaches in St Ives and it’s not only beautiful but it’s another Cornwall beach that suits everyone. Whether your choice of beach fun is a relaxing day with the family or hitting the waves with your surfboard, you’ll find everything you need.
The break at Porthemor Becah is a friendly one, so the area usually attracts beginner and intermediate level surfers. When some of the more exposed beaches in Cornwall are being battered by strong south westerlies and generating daunting waves Porthmeor enjoys a smaller wave height and shelter that makes it comfortable for many. When the north coast is blown out you’ll find the surfing community head to Porthmeor, and whether you join them or not they make a fantastic sight as they ride the waves.
Porthmeor Beach has half a mile of firm sand, a cafe right on the beach and a seasonal dog ban. The TripAdvisor reviews are full of visitors who return year after year from all over the world, and they surf, body board, collect shells, sunbathe and just relax in their own way. There’s always lots of space no matter what you fancy doing, and we’d recommend walking if you’re staying close enough as parking can be tricky. If you sit outside and watch the waves after hitting the surf keep your eyes peeled – you might even spot the odd passing dolphin.