Viewed by many as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, St Ives basks in undeniable natural beauty that attracts visitors to this historic town all year round. Golden beaches, lush vegetation and a vibrant working harbour make it the go-to destination in West Cornwall for visitors and locals alike.
The piercingly bright light, for which it has become famous for, attracts artists from all around making it a mecca for creativity. Cobbled streets are lined with quirky galleries, boutique shops and quaint cafes, all within a short walk of three beautiful sandy beaches; Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and Porthminster.
Beachcombing at St Ives
St Ives is filled to the brim with fantastic eateries. Enjoy casual dining with a sea view at Porthminster and Porthmeor Cafes, for delicious seafood try The Loft, The Mermaid, The Rum & Crab Shack and Cellar Bistro.
Bamaluz beach, Pier beach and Lambeth walk are all dog friendly throughout the year, however there are restrictions in place between 10am and 6pm from 15 May until 30 September on other beaches. Many restaurants nearby are pet friendly and the South West Coast Path is the perfect place for walking your dogs.
All the beaches have adjacent level concrete paths in St Ives. Our top recommended are Porthmeor and Porthminster where beach wheelchairs and buggies can be hired. There are disabled spaces allocated in all Cornwall Council car parks. 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.