Porthgwidden Beach is St Ives smallest beach, and sits in a sheltered location below St Ives Island, a short walk from the town centre. Porthgwidden is a popular destination for families, who are drawn to its fine, golden sands and stunning location.
For sun-seekers, Porthgwidden is a particularly fine place to be on a fine summer morning, when its east-facing beach becomes a sun-trap. The waters are safe to bathe, though care should be taken as no lifeguards patrol the beach. Surf rescue equipment is available.
Fine views may be experienced from St Ives Island (actually a headland rather than an island). Walkers may enjoying walking around the island in an anti-clockwise direction from Porthgwidden, at the end of which journey awaits Porthmeor Beach and Tate St Ives.
The beach has disabled access. Adjacent car parking is available, but these car parks (and their access routes) can get crowded. Out of town parking is recommended. Beach facilities include a café, refreshments, toilets and beach huts. There is restricted access for dogs on the beach from Easter to October.