Home to “that house” and a fully working harbour, the gently shelving sands have long been a favourite with families with small children, sun worshippers and locals for many many years.
When I put my towel down on the sand in the summer close to Smeaton’s Pier and lie facing the beautiful boats and view of Porthminster and the hotels beyond, this is what makes me feel like I am “home”.
What’s not to love? Gently sloping sands, the fabulous clear waters, regular visits from the seals, fishing boats gently bobbing on the tide, children paddling, pleasure boats, fishing trips, sunbathing, sandcastles, watching the Lifeboat launch on most Thursdays, pasties on the beach…. I could do on.
The Harbour is a treasured favourite for young and old – beautiful whatever the time of year. Beware of the seagulls who will always attack an unwitting bather enjoying a picnic or fish and chips.
You can hire deck chairs and windbreaks during summer months and buy your buckets and spades from Lower Deck, the Cabin newsagents, St Ives Gift shop on Fore Street or R&J Supplies behind the Quay House.
There are lots of places to get a snack, meal or liquid beverage surrounding the Harbour including the Sloop – the oldest pub in St Ives.