Porthgwidden Beach is one of the smaller beaches that are close to St Ives town. Situated near to the Island the beach is popular with families as it is very sheltered and being east-facing is a lovely sun trap.
You will find the usual glorious white sand and clear blue sea which makes this little beach a magnet for families that want to enjoy a swim or sunbathe.
The tide is gentle on this beach which means it is perfect for little ones to paddle and the sand is great for making castles. It is best to get there early as the beach is very popular in the summer months. And be aware that the tide comes in pretty quick, so get ready to shuffle back up the beach with your towels or picnic when the tide turns.
The Beach Cafe and restaurant does amazing stunning seafood, but gets booked up months in advance. There is also a takeaway for teas, coffees, cream teas and sandwiches, and toilets (always important!)
Please note: Dogs are allowed on this beach except from the 1st July to the 31st August between 10am and 6pm when a seasonal dog ban is in place.
It is best to park in one of the town car parks – but the walk back up to teh top of town can be quite hard after a day on teh beach. Alternatively, why not park at St Erth Station and enjoy the scenic railway branch line right to the heart of St Ives.
Address: Porthgwidden Beach