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Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
(4.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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 short walk from the bustle of St. Ives this beach offers a wide open sandy beach ideal for family fun. The local surf school is based here and the safe bathing areas are clearly designated. 
  • In St Ives, this is the best beach if you want waves. Whilst most beaches in St Ives can be like a pond on calm days, this beach still gives the waves, hence the presence of the good hire shop on the ...  more »
  • Long stretch of beautiful beach with white sands and turquoise seas. Even in the wet rainy day we went it still looked stunning and was empty. The time of year meant our dogs were allowed on the beach...  more »
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  • This place is beautiful. Have been at least 10 times, favorite place to have Tapas and a glass of wine near sunset. Their food is excellent and so is the service. I can't think of any faults, other than not being open all year round! I would advise to book to avoid disappointment.
  • THE best place to have masterchef-type tapas and enjoy the ultimate a beach has to offer: world-class surfing, spectacular sunsets, young and old frolicking in the sea and enjoying a family holiday. This is the Ritz of beach restaurants.
  • I love this area, it is child friendly yet very romantic. The sunsets are beautiful and so are the rises. There are loads of rocks for the kids to go 'rock pooling' in and incredibly soft sand to sunbathe in and build sancastles!! The cafe is amazing on the bottom floor there is a bar serving coke, alcohol and luxury hot chocolates!! On top there is a romantic resturant which sells a variety of foods like seafood to gourmet burgers. If you like taking artsy pictures and tumblr type photos you are in luck (as shown by the various pictures my dad and I have ever so kindly posted)
  • Clever, tasty dishes served by friendly and helpful staff by a beautiful beach. Couldn't ask for more
  • delicious food and super situation even in the rain