Porthgwidden Beach

Family beachRestricted dog accessSafe bathingRefreshmentsParkingToiletsDisabled access

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.


Porthgwidden Beach

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.

Self catering accommodation is widely available in the area, in holiday cottages in St Ives and nearby Carbis Bay holiday cottages.

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 caf, refreshments, toilets and beach huts. There is restricted access for dogs on the beach from Easter to October.


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  1. Nestled beneath the steep grassy slopes of St Ives “Island”, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Now open all year round for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The caf specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty.

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