Discover West Cornwall’s many beautiful beaches with St Ives Penzance.
West Cornwall’s peninsula is full of wonderful beaches, from surfing hotspots to safe, family fun. The contrasting coastlines of the North and South create a stunning variety of sands, cliffs and caves and the South-West Coastal path allows visitors to walk beach-to-beach along the coast, exploring everything West Cornwall has to offer.
Porthmeor beach is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful blue flag beaches. Porthmeor faces the Atlantic Ocean and is an incredibly popular surfing spot for tourists and locals. 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 cover.
Porthcurno is a breath-taking tropical paradise that will transport you to the Caribbean. This beach is sheltered by the cliffs on either side and is overlooked by the famous Minack Theatre. When the tides out you can walk over to the neighbouring beach, Pedn Vounder, another specular spot, that thanks for social media, and risen in popularity in recent years. Please be careful and pay attention to tide times if visiting!
Porthminster Beach is a sheltered, family friendly beach in St Ives with golden sands and all the facilities you could need. This includes the excellent Porthminster Beach Café, seasonal lifeguards, nearby shops, and a car park. It’s a great option for a windy day as it’s much more sheltered than Porthmeor. It’s also conveniently located below the St Ives Branch Line station.
Sennen Cove has nearly a mile of golden sands, and is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. It’s also a popular surfing spot as, like Porthmeor, it faces out to the Atlantic Ocean. There’s seasonal lifeguard cover as well as a cafe and restaurant, and surf school. There’s also a large car park right next to the beach.
Godrevy is an exposed and beautiful beach and the Northern tip of Hayle’s three mile expanse of golden sands. The exposed but breathtaking Atlantic position makes it a popular spot all year round with walkers and bathers. There’s seasonal lifeguard cover and a car park with a cafe.
Porthkidney Sands is one of Cornwall’s most popular dog friendly beaches. This vast, mile long beach runs from Hawk’s Point at Carbis Bay all the way to Lelant. There’s plenty of room to run around with your four-legged friend and the beach is highly popular with surfers.
Carbis Bay beach is one of only eight blue flag beaches in Cornwall. It’s a sheltered, sandy beach that’s great for families. The tree covered cliffs on either side protect the beach from the elements and there’s lifeguard cover from July-September.
Smaller and quieter than it’s more well-known St Ives counterparts, Porthgwidden Beach is nestled under the east side of St Ives’ Island. This creates lots of shelter, making this beach a major sun trap. There’s an excellent café just above and the beach is moments from the town’s centre.
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