One of a handful of beach's in Cornwall to hold a prestigious Blue Flag.
This crescent of golden sand, framed by the glittering St Ives 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, with its own 19th hole to celebrate at afterwards!
Those wanting to indulge can try the Porthminster Café, a multi-award-winning seafood restaurant located right on the beach, or just grab an ice cream from one of the nearby kiosk.
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 brings you into St Ives Station, overlooking the beach.
Lifeguard cover from the 14th of May until the 25th of September (2022).
Dogs are welcome on this beach except between 15th May and 30 September (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place (2022).
Sand chairs provided by Cornwall Mobility in partnership with Disability Cornwall and Isles of Scilly may be available from Porthminster Beach Cafe. Telephone: 01736 795352
Not generally known for its surf, more a family beach. Might be OK for body boarding?
Did you know
The short branch line railway from the mainline at St Erth, (it only takes about 10 minutes) reached St Ives in 1877 and was the last railway line in Britain to be built to the broad gauge of 7ft between the rails. This all changed in 1892 when it was converted to the standard gauge we are familiar with today. Initially there was a large amount of freight on the line, fish being sent regularly to cities up country, but tourists soon became the main cargo. At one point in the 1950s trains ran direct from London Paddington straight through to St Ives, such was the demand for holidays here.
These days, the station, perched above Porthminster Beach, still see’s up to 30 trains a day arrive, and is a great way of reaching the town, avoiding the hassle of finding a parking space.