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Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

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Learn to surf at Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives’ largest beach. This expansive stretch of clean, golden sand attracts local families and visiting tourists looking to enjoy a relaxing day by the sea. You can hit the surf, splash around in the shallows, or simply lie back and soak up the atmosphere on a sunny day. A popular cafe is located at the very center of the beach, serving traditional and contemporary dishes all day long, with light snacks and cold drinks available to take away to your perfect spot on the sand. You can rent or buy boogie boards, surfboards, and wetsuits from the nearby surf school. The beach also includes shower and toilet facilities, and is patrolled by trained lifeguards. Use our St Ives trip itinerary maker to add Porthmeor Beach and other attractions to your St Ives vacation plans.
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A guest room along one of the cobbled Victorian streets, such as Fore Street, provides access to pubs, restaurants and the harbor. For spectacular views over the sea, consider a hotel near the water. Book harborside lodging early because seaside rooms fill up fast, especially during the holiday season. Inland from the southern coastline, renovated shepherd's huts and cottages provide shelter among the hills.
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  • Off season, during the week: The beach is just the right size - I don't like theses 2 mile beaches where you easily drift a few hundred yards without noticing - and has everything you can ask for: gre...  more »
  • We visited in June and loved the beach. It was beautiful and sandy but also had some rock pools nearby. It was clean and even though lots of dogs were around, there was o sign of any mess. It can get ...  more »
  • Stopped SWCP for half a day and went surfing every bit as fun as previous visits in 97 with kids and in 76 before kids. If I can still make it in 2037, I will let you know. Parking for three hours jus...  more »