Porthmeor is arguably one of Cornwall’s most beautiful blue flag beaches. Unlike the sheltered Porthminster Beach, another one of St Ives’ popular spots, Porthmeor faces the Atlantic Ocean. The sometimes-bracing winds makes it a very popular spot for surfers. It’s an excellent family beach with all the facilities you’d expect including the Porthmeor Beach Café, Bar and Surf School and a seasonal lifeguard service. Parking is very difficult in St Ives during the summer so we’d recommend taking public transport if possible and arriving early to secure a spot. The St Ives branch line takes a beautifully scenic route from St Erth, through Lelant and Carbis Bay.
Please note: There is a seasonal dog ban on this beach and many others in Cornwall. Dogs are welcome to go on the beach except between Easter Sunday and 30th September when a dog ban is in place.