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Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 750+ 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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  • We've spent whole days on this beach many times. Lovely in calm weather but also popular with surfers/body boarders when the waves are up. Sands good, various facilities within easy walking distance (...  read more »
  • This was our favourite beach in St. Ives. Decent length, we were impressed by how far out it goes! Beautiful cliffs and the picturesque hill ("the island") with church on top, golden sands. Plus, this...  read more »
  • A beautiful clean beach with soft golden sand a great place for all. Beach cafe for refreshments plus toilets nearby. We visited on a sunny day in October but would be excellent in summertime. 
  • Friendly staff and pretty good food for a beach cafe/grill. Wide selection of sandwiches, grill (burgers/chips etc.). Decent shop adjoining, quite reasonably priced as well bearing in mind relative monopoly based on where it is situated.
  • The beach itself is fantastic and the cafe has a great drink and food selection. The surf school is very popular
  • Incredible water. So clear, so cold, so invigorating! And the cafe serve great milkshakes.
  • Great tapas, great cocktails, great view
  • Don't bother. Waited 20mins to take order to find they wouldn't serve food on the bar area outside
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