View of Porthgwidden beach at St Ives, Cornwall. Shutterstock, Philip Bird
Beach with Cafe
One of St Ives collection of five beaches, Porthgwidden Beach is just over a five-minute walk from the Harbour. The smallest and most sheltered of St Ives’ beaches, it’s set between Bamaluz Beach and The Island-Pendinas, and is fringed with pretty beach huts, which are available to rent.
An east facing beach, if you’re looking to bask in St Ives’ gorgeous sun all day long, away from the wind, then this may be the beach for you. While there are no lifeguards on Porthgwidden beach, the water tends to be fairly calm, however the beach can shelf at certain conditions.
Dog restrictions are in place in the height of summer at Porthgwidden, which means between 1 July to 31 August dogs aren’t allowed on the beach between 10am-6pm.
Conveniently, Porthgwidden Beach Café is situated right on the beach, offering fresh seafood alongside local produce. Plus, there are public toilets here, which are open from dawn to dusk.