This crescent of golden sand, framed by a glittering bay, has glorious views across to Godrevy Lighthouse, inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse’. With the benefit of the mildest climate in the UK along with waving palm trees and translucent waters, there is a definite tropical feel to the place.
Located just a short walk from the centre of St Ives, the award-winning beach at Porthminster is a family favourite for safe swimming, while onshore you can simply relax in a deck chair or try your skill at the mini 18 hole golf course, where you can also order up freshly made juices and smoothies.
Parking: Car park overlooking the beach, but can get very busy. Try parking at St Erth or Lelant Saltings and enjoy the scenic branch line that runs right into St Ives and a short stroll down to the beach.
Lifeguard cover from the 15th of May until the 26th of September (2021).
Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between 15th May and 30 September (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place (2021).
Sand chairs are available from Porthminster Beach Cafe. Telephone: 01736795352
Sand chairs are provided by Cornwall Mobility in partnership with Disability Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.