Carbis Bay Beach, St Ives

Carbis Bay Beach is privately owned and the proud recipient of a Blue Flag award, meaning it is super-clean. A rarity around these parts, the beach has little surf (more like ripples) and is sheltered from the wind.

Perfect for families with young children, the water is just right for swimming, and usually free of surfers/body boarders. On a hot summer’s day, you could almost be in the Caribbean with warm azure seas and white – gold sand.

If you prefer to sunbathe and relax, the spotlessly clean beach is around a mile long. With a beautifully clear sea, this fine beach is quiet; wonderful, too, for a sunset walk.

Situated two miles from St Ives along the coast path, it is accessible from the branch line from St Erth (a few minutes from St Ives); you can also access it by car though parking is limited.

Of course, while there, you can always try the Beach Club and Spa at the Carbis Bay Hotel, where you can also pay for a day’s parking for easier beach access.

There is a second car park on the road down to Carbis Bay but, be warned, it involves a 5-10 minute steep walk to the beach.

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