Porthmeor Beach has got everything. Surfing, soft sand, rock pools, hard sandy base for bathing.
It is overlooked by the iconic Tate Gallery that sits above and is popular with both surfers and swimmers. It is an ideal location just a few minutes walk from St Ives town centre and the main car park up on the hill.
The beach can get busy in the summer months – but there is plenty of space to keep everyone happy. You will find a surf school on the beach if you fancy learning to ride those waves!
Porthmeor is one of only eight beaches that has the coveted Blue Flag Award 2021 – given in recognition of water quality, safety, environmental management and education.
There is Lifeguard cover from Easter until the end of October.
Parking – the large car park at the top of town is the closest – but note it can be a bit of a hike back up for weary legs after a day on the beach. For a different day out, why not try using the park and ride at St Erth station and enjoy the scenic train ride along the coast and into the heart of the town.
Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between mid-May and the end of September (10am – 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.