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The best beach - along with all the others

St Ives is surrounded by the light and sound of several of the most beautiful beaches in the world... read more

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Duncan E
Witney, United Kingdom
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Beautiful Beach

Best beach in St Ives for many reasons Wide sandy beach, plenty of room for playing games... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Southport, United Kingdom
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A favorite place for a family outing, this lovely stretch of beach overlooks Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

St Ives is surrounded by the light and sound of several of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Porthminster has a cafe which serves some of the best food in the area, and also a bar for coffee, cake and ices. But the sea,...More

Thank Duncan E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Best beach in St Ives for many reasons Wide sandy beach, plenty of room for playing games, spreading out etc. Lots to keep little ones happy. Never cramped. Toilets just a stroll the other side of the putting green, the golf is also great fun...More

Thank Bevhoward
Reviewed 5 days ago

This beach was breath-taking, clean aqua coloured water with white waves crashing down. I could have stayed watching the sea here all day.

Thank ruththomas2
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a beach ... is something you'll say one most beaches in St Ives. But Porthminster for me takes the biscuit as the best in St. Ives. Golden sands, great views, lush seas ... what's not to like?

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

All the pictures Speak for themselves...a great big wide beach... perfect any time of year. We love it in winter as it's lovely and empty...waves are always great on this beach and there's a few decent cafes on or around the beach to take refuge...More

Thank Beetlebug41
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely day here, taking in this beach and many others around St Ives. Yes the weather was poor but the views are still stunning, cafe provides warmth and friendly atmosphere. Must come back when warmer!!

Thank CatieGuide
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic beach with lovely soft sand, great for dog walking in winter. Looks like they have facilities here in the summer, we visited in February so it was naturally fairly basic. But so beautiful.

Thank chillseekers044
Reviewed 1 week ago

Better than the Med - when the sun is shining. Good catering, not too windy, but watch the sea gulls - very aggressive and saw more than one unexpecting visitor have food snatched from their hands!

Thank Christopher W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This wasn’t our favourite beach in St Ives. In January it was a little tired looking with shut down accommodation and beach huts. However the surfer entertainment was great, especially given the windy weather! Clear sea, clean sand, and dog friendly with a wide amount...More

1  Thank Flutterbean
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful beach suitable for all year round walks and exploring. All ages and all weather. This beach can look like you are somewhere exotic. Fabulous scenery whatever the weather.

Thank justineswann
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Maria R
12 September 2017|
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Response from Dan T | Reviewed this property |
Hello there, we stayed in Trowan which is just about a 15 minute walk into St Ives, sadly I don't know anywhere in the middle of St Ives, however having walked all round St Ives, nearly every other property is a holiday... More
Mandy B
31 October 2016|
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Response from AndrewDavidC | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure but think no
Simon H
21 August 2015|
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Response from Karmenella | Reviewed this property |
It's flat so great for paddle boarding. They do hire surf boards but you do surfing on the beach on the other side of St. Ives.