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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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  • August 20, 2017
    We spent 1 week here and came to the beach sometimes twice per day, depending on tide. The beach is mostly sandy and is quite good a low tide. There are life savers patrolling the beach with swimming ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    A great find on a our holiday - very clean (of rubbish and seaweed!) sandy beach cafe at enterance great value, not suitable for disabled access  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    To get a space in the car park you have to be there for 8 o'clock or park at the rugby club. Good beach pools and surf if the tide is right. Then breakfast at the cafe wonderful!  more »

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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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