Mevagissey harbour  Visiting Cornwall Logo - background is part of Bodmin Moor as seen from Jamaica Inn at Altarnun. The road in the picture is the main A30 through Cornwall. Eden Project near St Austell 
 

PORTHGWIDDEN BEACH, ST IVES

 
 
Porthgwidden beach from the air
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A sheltered sandy beach that can be quite a sun trap. It is the smallest of the beaches in St Ives. Dolphins and seals can often be seen off the beach.

Access
Close to St Ives centre on the north side of the harbour. Situated at the bottom of the grass slopes of The Island.

Swimming & Surfing
Very little surf but it is safe to swim here. Care should be taken as there are no lifeguards on this beach. Surf rescue equipment is available.

Facilities
Food, toilets, shops, litter bins, slipway. Beach cleaned daily. Porthgwidden Beach Cafe is right next to the beach. The beach has disabled access.

Parking
There is a public car park with approximately 150 car parking spaces to the rear of the beach, but this also used by visitors to Porthmeor beach. Parking is difficult in St Ives and it is better to visit the town by bus or by train unless staying in the town itself. There is a large car park above the town but this can be a hard climb for young families.

Dog Friendly
Dogs banned from this beach from Easter to October.

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Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives
Porthgwidden Beach