The beautiful, mile-long sandy beach at Carbis Bay Beach is one of Cornwall’s finest and lies in a sheltered location near St Ives. Most commonly associated with the neighbouring town of St Ives, Carbis Bay is historically linked to the town of Lelant, which lies to the south of Carbis Bay.
Local rail services, running on one of the UK’s most picturesque branch lines, stop at the beach, where there is also a public car park. Cornwall’s South West Coast Path runs along mild cliffs at the top of the beach, along which St Ives to the west can be reached in short time. At low tide Porthkidney Sands may be reached to the east, though appropriate respect should be given to the incoming tide and care taken.
Carbis bay beach is part of the wider St Ives Bay. ‘Big sky’ views from the beach stretch from Porthminster Point to Hawke’s Point, taking in Godrevy Lighthouse. Dogs are not permitted on the beach in summer.