The artist town of St Ives is often called the ‘jewel in Cornwall’s crown’, it’s best known for its harbour, independent shops and vibrant food scene. A picturesque fishing town, there’s a real buzz about the place from it’s beautiful beaches to its creative community, St Ives is a lovely place to be.
In Cornish, “Porth” means a bay, port or harbour and St Ives certainly has a few to mention. Centrally located, Porthmeor Beach is next to the famous Tate Gallery moments from the town centre. There’s also Porthminster, a crescent shaped beach, fringed by palm trees with stunning views and golden sand. Another beach worth noting is Porthgwidden, it’s more of a walk from the town centre but beautifully sheltered.
If it’s good clean waves you’re after then Porthmeor Beach is top of the list for the area, attracting surfers and bodyboarders alike. Or head to the western end of Porthkidney and you will find Hawke’s Point a fairly exposed point break, around three miles from St Ives.