You’ll find Carbis Bay Beach just a mile from St Ives and it’s one of the Blue Flag beaches that make Cornwall so popular. The beach has had a Blue Flag since 2010, and with a mile of silver sands welcoming those on beach holidays in St Ives it’s easy to see why. Carbis Bay is one of a series of beaches that make up St Ives Bay, and you don’t have to just take our word for how pretty it is – it’s even listed by the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organisation.
The beach has its own car park, toilets and nearby refreshments, so it’s perfect for families and beach bums. It’s not often you’ll find surf at this beach but that’s welcome news for families with young children. In fact it makes the waters ideal for swimming, and if you fancy a wander along the east side of the beach (when the tide’s out) you’ll find your way to Porth Kidney Sands and their RSPB bird sanctuary. This is one of the area’s most significant habitats for wildlife and it’s a peaceful spot to spend some time.
Carbis Bay Beach is privately owned by a nearby hotel and it operates a seasonal dog ban, although dog walkers are permitted to walk their pets between 5am and 8am so you’re free to watch the sun rise while you walk your best friend throughout the summer.