Porthminster is a favourite with those travelling into to town by train from Carbis Bay and beyond or staying at the hotels located nearby.
Its very family friendly and great for pitching up camp and setting up on a summer’s day or a great walk during other times of the year. It’s one of the town’s larger beaches, with good views of the Harbour across the other side of the bay. At low tide you can walk right across from Porthminster to the Harbour or Bamaluz beyond.
Framed by beautiful gardens and palm trees this is one of those beaches where when the light is right you can be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to the Caribbean.
During the winter months you often get a huge ledge developing in the sand caused by the seasonal high tides and this has become a tourist attraction in itself.
Porthminster is home to St Ives Surf Schools Kayaks, SUP hire and a fab beach bar – and of course the fabulous Porthminster Beach Cafe. There are toilets nearby and the beach is overlooked by Pedn Olva Hotel and St Ives Harbour Hotel.
You can book a beach hut, buy fish and chips, enjoy the September food festival, fireworks on bonfire night and lots of other activities throughout the year.
Lifeguards April to October.
For more information on Kayak and SUP hire see www.stivessurfschool.co.uk