Porthminster Beach

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach is the second largest of four beaches in St Ives, Cornwall. Porthminster’s north-east-facing, crescent beach is the eastern-most of St Ives beaches. It is a large, clean, sheltered beach with excellent facilities, a short walk from the town centre.


St Ives Porthminster Beach, CornwallPorthminster is a 2011 Blue Flag beach. Impressive views from the beach take in much of St Ives Bay and stretch as far as Godrevy Lighthouse. The normally calm, clear waters off the beach provide safe bathing. Carbis Bay may be reached via a pleasant coastal walk.

Holiday cottages in St Ives provide a range of options for self catering holidays in the town. Accommodation is also available in nearby Carbis Bay holiday cottages.

St Ives railway station is located at the top of Porthminster Beach. The branch line from St Erth, via Lelant and Carbis Bay, is one of the most scenic in the country and highly recommended. It provides a desirable alternative to parking in St Ives, which can be difficult in peak seasons, though there are several car parks available. Out of town parking is also available.

Porthminster Beach has disabled access. Facilities include a beach café, toilets, beach huts and mini-golf. Lifeguards patrol the beach in peak seasons. There is restricted access for dogs on the beach from Easter to October.

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  1. St Ives Surf School

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