Carbis Bay is often described as the Caribbean of Cornwall, and it’s easy to see why…

Tropical island or Cornish coastline? It’s easy to get the two confused when the sun’s out on a holiday in 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 its 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 coast path 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. Self catering holidays in Carbis Bay mean you’re perfectly situated to explore as much of Cornwall as you desire.

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Train tracks on a hill next to a beach.



Located less than a mile out of St Ives, Blue Flag Carbis Bay Beach is a wide golden sandy beach with calm seas. Its sheltered location makes it perfect for families and activities like stand up paddles boarding or kayaking.

Ocean Sports Centre on Carbis Bay beach offers lessons, hire of deck chairs, wind breaks, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards as well as SUP safari’s and eco tours.


Carbis Bay Beach is lifeguarded daily from 7 July – 2 September

Dog Friendly

A seasonal dog ban is in place between 15th May to 30th September between the hours of 10am and 6pm. Dogs are welcome all year round on nearby Porthkidney beach.


Only a short drive away, you can find the award-winning Porthminster Beach at St Ives. The stunning sandy beach has excellent views of St Ives town and is home to the Porthminster beach café, ideal for a seafood lunch on the terrace

The 3 miles of golden Sands; Towans, Godrevy and Gwitihan beach, are also in easy reach. You can find further information here.


The Beach Club Restaurant – Pizza and seafood served right by the sea

La Casita – Warm Spanish eatery offering paella & tapas plates
Una Kitchen – AA Rosette winning Cornish chef Glenn Gatland serves seasonal, locally sourced produce

The Ugly Butterfly – An all-day, fine-dining experience created by chef Adam Handler

Porthminster Beach Cafe
The Bean Inn (vegetarian)


Carbis Bay to St Ives – This scenic coastal path follows the cliffs from Carbis Bay beach to the outskirts of St Ives. 1.2 miles

Knill’s Monument Walk starts in St Ives and climbs up to the landmark Knill’s Monument. Provides panoramic views over St Ives bay. The walk is fairly steep but only a 1.5 miles roundtrip.

Godrevy Headland Walk – Walk from Gwithian Towans through Godrevy Nature Reserve out to the Godrevy Lighthouse perched offshore. Stunning cliff scenery and sea views. 4.5 mile loop.

Tehidy Country Park (11.7 miles from Carbis Bay) – Just outside Camborne, this large country park has woods, lakes and trails. Nice for an easier walk away from the coast.

Porthkidney Sands Walk is a lovely 2-mile walk from Lelant out to the sweeping Porthkidney Sands beach and back. The short walk on either side of the railway line high above St Ives Bay is known for rare wildflowers and migratory birds.


On the main road up the hill, Carbis Bay has a small number of shops including a barber shop, hairdresser, chemist and a mini supermarket.

The cobblestoned lanes of neighbouring St Ives are a paradise for shoppers including boutiques, art galleries, books, pottery, jewellery, homemade fudge shops and anything else your heart desires.


  • Watch grey seals at Mutton Cove near Godrevy or Seal Island, just outside St Ives. The cute mammals haul out there most of the year, allowing walkers to view them from the clifftop above.
  • Take a scenic walk from Carbis Bay to Godrevy Cove to see the iconic Godrevy lighthouse.
  • Join a wine tasting tour at Polgoon Vineyard, gain insight into the activities of a working Cornish vineyard and sample the local produce.
  • Visit the famous St Michael’s Mount. The historic castle and sub-tropicals gardens are set on an island just off the coast of Marazion and can only be reached by boat or a causeway.
  • Discover the charming seaside town of St Ives right next door. Wander through the narrow cobblestone streets, visit the Tate St Ives gallery, enjoy the cafés and restaurants.
  • Explore modern art installations at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, offering panoramic views of the bay.
  • Swim in in the UK’s most celebrated art deco seawater lido, the geothermally heated Jubilee Pool in Penzance.



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