Fabulous pale sandy beach and deep turquoise sea. Carbis Bay is a wonderful place that feels like it is in a different country. It takes you miles away from the stresses and strains of life. It is a great beach for families with children as it has toilets, a shop and a cafe and the beach is very safe and sheltered.
It is right next to the South West Coast Path so it is possible to have a fabulous short walk into St Ives (very steep up by Carbis Bay Hotel but after that nice and easy going). It is also possible to walk around to Porthkidney Sands when the tide is out. Walks in either direction are fantastic. The best view is from the railway footbridge just a bit further up from the Carbis Bay Hotel in the direction of St Ives.
Carbis Bay is also a wonderful place to stay with lots of different types of holiday accommodation from houses to apartments. If you do decide to stay there, make sure you get a property that has a sea view and you will be rewarded with an ever changing seascape, a simply stunning spectacle every minute of the day. Carbis Bay is a little oasis of calm far from the madding crowd of St Ives (wonderful wonderful place, just very busy). After a day of sightseeing or whatever else you are doing on your holiday, to come back to Carbis Bay after such a full on day is wonderfully relaxing.
The station at Carbis Bay is also very handy for getting to and from St Ives on the St Ives Branch Line train. It is definitely worth getting a Day Ranger Ticket and having a ride up and down the line as this is a fantastic train journey with amazing coastal views. The train is also very handy for getting back to Carbis Bay again after a hard day's shopping and sightseeing in St Ives.
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