PORTHMINSTER BEACH, ST IVES
A large crescent of northeast facing sand; half a mile long; sheltered, safe, sandy, family beach with all facilities.
Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award Winner in 2011.
Just below St Ives railway station.
Swimming & Surfing
Hawkes Point is a fairly exposed point break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. There is no beach break and there is also a left hand point break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.
Cafe, shop, toilets, tourist information
Driving around in St Ives is always difficult but there are a couple of car parks close to this beach. Arrive early in the height of the season as they fill up quite quickly.
Dogs are banned from this beach from Easter to October.
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