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Porthgwidden Beach

The Island, St Ives, England
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The Holiday Beach

You've booked your accommodations in or near Porthgwidden, this is your handy beach, very often you... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2016
William P
Lovely sheltered beach

Great for children quite sheltered and flat though reasonable ridge today - North West wind! Better... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
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“small beach” (19 reviews)
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The Island, St Ives, England
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

You've booked your accommodations in or near Porthgwidden, this is your handy beach, very often you see people sculpting the sand, always fascinating and enjoyable, it's the beach you arrive after walking round the Island, great sea views, and the coastline depending on your location,...More

Thank William P
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Great for children quite sheltered and flat though reasonable ridge today - North West wind! Better when south westerly. Our boys love it - aged 6 and 3. Nice cafe too.

Thank MattyA32
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Porthgwidden beach is tucked away around the corner from Smeatons Pier. It's a little jewel of a beach. If you are lucky you may see a bride and groom having pictures taken (we did), or you may see a seal gambolling in the sea just...More

Thank Gary W
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Go to St Ives a lot as have family near by. Porthgwidden a lovely little beach with more than adequate facilities. Cafe/restUrant overlooking beach cosy and most pleasing.

Thank Elaine D
Reviewed 27 September 2016

fantastic clean beach, shared the sea with a seal just 10 feet from us, really enjoyed this beach, who would have thought you could get a afternoon on the beach in the UK in late september

Thank guy1w
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Nice beach on the walking path around the sea wall. Some nice cafes, shops if you walk up towards the parking area. Toilets located in the same area.

Thank Challenger01
Reviewed 21 September 2016

A really nice small beach with lovely sand for sand castle making. No lifegaurd on duty but seemed very safe for swimming, and not a lot of surf unlike other beaches around this area so I'd say safe for children

Thank Wheeliefab
Reviewed 18 September 2016

It's just always so special to be in the window seat of the wonderful Porthgwidden Cafe and the foods pretty good to lovely friendly young people look after really well. Watching that view change often in the 2-3 hours your there. I never tire of...More

Thank K B H
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Food quality is second to none. We had the calamari and the paella for two. Both dishes were fresh and the flavours fantastic. Definitely worth a second visit. Quirky restaurant - very unique. Service was OK.

Thank Edward G
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Small beach in a protected area and good for swimming, kids playing, and views from the cafe. Near Porthmeor and St Ives Harbour beaches but separate from both.

Thank Twizzler55
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Lynn B
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Response from gill t | Reviewed this property |
On our visit there was a "no dogs allowed" sign at the entrance to the beach.there is however a dog friendly beach a five minute walk away.