Porthkidney Sands is a north-facing beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary. It lies only 2 miles from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, Cornwall. Porthkidney is a vast expanse of sands, facing Hayle Towans to the east of the estuary. At low tide the beach can stretch almost a mile out to sea.
The beach is backed by picturesque sand dunes. West Cornwall Golf Club overlooks the beach. The neighbouring beach of Carbis Bay, which sits the other side of the Hawks Point headland, is a short walk along the South West Coast Path, which then proceeds to St Ives.
There is limited parking near the beach and no facilities. Some facilities are available in the nearby town of Lelant. Carbis Bay offers more options. The dangerous currents in the waters off Porthkidney make it unsuitable for swimming. Dogs are permitted on Porthkidney Sands all year.