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Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

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Beach · Nature / Park
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. Put Porthmeor Beach into our St Ives visit planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in St Ives.
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  • Porthmeor is a well maintained sandy beach overlooked by the Island – Pendinas from the eastern edge. There are a lot of beaches in St Ives and the surrounding area but Porthmeor has the benefit of...  more »
  • The windy conditions meant that it was a surfers' paradise on Porthmeor...more of a struggle for us walking mortals to push against the elements but worth it for the views, the light and the...  more »
  • Golden sand, great surf and dog friendly in October - what more could we want. You can hire wet suits and boards from the shop on the beach and grab coffee, snacks and eats on the beach too. Litter....  more »
  • A beautiful beach a stone's throw from S Ives town. Stunning sunsets.
  • Amazing beach. I had so much fun there.
  • A clean family friendly beach close to the town centre with good facilities. High tide covers a bank of rocks and pebbles with a steep run off making it tricky for youngsters but low tide offers a great opportunity for safe water sports on this RNLI supervised beach. BUT BEWARE. Parking a car is an absolute nightmare requiring an act of God to get a space!
  • Clean vast beach at the base of the Tate St. Ives. Visit the cafe there and have lovely overlooking views.
  • Nice beach with good surf. Parking all around and a good cafe. Also a surfing school on the beach and I often see people in the water with the school. It’s also a great beach for a bbq and bonfire and is generally less crowded.

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