Porthmeor Beach is St Ives largest beach, running parallel to Harbour Beach on the other side of the town. It is a popular beach with families and surfers alike, and is home to a surf school in peak seasons, where equipment can be hired and lessons taken.
Porthmeor is a 2011 Blue Flag beach. The Tate St Ives (a gallery hosting a nationally important collection of artwork relating to Cornwall) overlooks Porthmeor. Families are drawn to the beach’s soft, golden sands. Surfers enjoy the Atlantic swells off this north-west facing beach.
St Ives is one of Cornwall’s most popular holiday destinations and self catering holiday accommodation is in plentiful supply. Accommodation is available in St Ives holiday cottages or neighbouring Carbis Bay holiday cottages.
Porthmeor is patrolled by lifeguards in peak seasons. Facilities on or near the beach include cafés, shops, refreshments, beach huts and toilets. There is restricted access for dogs on the beach from Easter to October.
Though car parking is available in St Ives, the narrow old roads can become congested and the car parks tend to fill up very quickly, particularly in peak seasons. Out of town parking or public transport is recommended. A scenic train journey into St Ives is available from St Erth, which passes through Lelant and Carbis Bay.