Carbis Bay Beach

Carbis Bay Beach

Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - excellent water quality

One of Cornwall's five award-winning Blue Flag 2013 beaches, owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel, with safe bathing beach surrounded by subtropical splendour.

Facing northeast and just one mile east of St Ives, the beach rarely has any surf so makes for an ideal spot for families with toddlers as the sea here is perfect for swimming. Served by the picturesque St Ives branch line and around a mile long, the golden sands bathe in the bright light of west Cornwall and a short walk on the east side of the beach at low tide brings you to Porth Kidney sands where you’ll find a RSPB bird sanctuary, an important habitat for sea birds. Part of an array of beaches that make up St Ives Bay, listed as one of the world’s best by the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organisation, the beach at Carbis Bay is surrounded by sub-tropical plants and lapped by turquoise waters which just might just have you thinking you were somewhere much further south.

Special care needs to be taken near Carrick Gladden (Hawks Point) as this is the only area that could suffer from tidal influence.

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between the first Sunday before Easter 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place, however morning dog walks between 5-8am are allowed.  
Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard cover (Spring/Summer)
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Shop

Opening Times


The Beach is reached via the A30 and then signposted to Carbis Bay. The main road leads along the back of Carbis Bay and the beach is accessed via signposted roads at either end of Carbis Bay.

Contact us


MCS Good Beach Guide 2014


Carbis Bay Beach
St Ives Cornwall TR26 2NP

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