The wonderful Porthmeor Beach is overlooked by the café terrace of the iconic art gallery, Tate St Ives.
It also has a very handily situated café of its own.
Central to the artistic community, Porthmeor grew in popularity as a beach in the 1960s/70s, due to the decline of the fishing industry here, making it a popular place for visitors.
Now it is a sandy, safe beach, often close to empty in low season. Porthmeor is one of only seven beaches in Cornwall that holds the prestigious Blue Flag Award.
Edged by rugged headlands, sheltered in a cove, it offers protection from south-westerly winds while being exposed to the full force of the ocean, making it very popular with surfers. Try it for yourself, or watch them ride the waves. It is also famous for its spectacular sunsets.
A huge unspoilt beach with lovely clean sand and invigorating clear water, it offers vibrant bodyboarding waves, great views, rock pools, plus the town centre only a few moments away.
Some say this great family beach is St Ives’ premier stretch of sand; they may well be right.