Tropical island or Cornish coastline? It’s easy to get the two confused when the sun’s out at Carbis Bay. White sand, azure water, gently-lapping waves, Carbis Bay is a haven of calm on the South Cornwall coast. Just a mile east of St Ives’ pumping swells, this beach is perfect for swimming because of it’s sheltered aspect and largely flat sea conditions. It has also been awarded its Blue Flag status due to its clean water conditions.
St Ives is a five-minute train journey away, where you can gaze from your carriage window across panoramic views as you trundle along above the shore. The train comes every 20 minutes in peak season, with the last train returning at 10pm. Or if you feel like stretching your legs, take to the South West coastpath for half and hour and you’ll reach the town’s art galleries, boutique shops and eateries. A 10-minute drive will take you to Hayle, with its yawning estuary and wildlife.
Come and stay with us in Carbis Bay and be sure to dine at nearby restaurants including Sands Restaurant, The Conservatory Restaurant and The Beach Club Restaurant, located close to the beach for awe-inspiring sea views. A little further afield, 2 miles along the South West Coast Path you will find an abundance of restaurants in St Ives, where you will be spoilt for choice, before heading back to your retreat.
Carbis Bay welcomes dogs out of season, however there are restrictions in place between 10am and 6pm from 15 May until 30 September. Many restaurants nearby are pet friendly and the South West Coast Path is the perfect place for walking your dogs.
The beach has level access from its small pay and display car park. A second car park can be found at the top of the hill as you come into Carbis Bay. Toilets are located next to the car park. RNLI Lifeguards are on duty between 10am and 6pm throughout the summer months.
Newquay airport around 60 minute drive away. Trains run daily into St Ives.