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Porthminster Beach

Rent a hut and play mini-golf with your family with a picturesque backdrop of headland cliffs, the sea and the Godrevy Lighthouse.

The moon-shaped Porthminster Beach is among the prettiest stretches of sand in St. Ives. Sheltered by grassy headlands and in proximity to the town center, the beach is an ideal family vacation spot with excellent facilities and clean conditions. Swim with the kids in the calm, pristine water and enjoy views of the glimmering sea.

Admire the scenic headlands, golden sand and turquoise water. Across St. Ives Bay to the east is Godrevy Lighthouse, a structure that inspired acclaimed author Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse. Look for surfers and stand-up paddleboarders practicing out on the waves.

Pay for a beach hut for the afternoon to have some private space for your family. The beach holds Blue Flag certification, which means it meets strict criteria for water quality, services and safety. Lifeguards also patrol this beach in summer.

Work on your swing at the 18-hole mini-golf course, which overlooks the sea. Set beneath the cliff of Porthminster Point is the award-winning Porthminster Beach Café, which serves seafood meals and snacks as well as refreshments. Many of the ingredients served are grown in the adjoining vegetable garden.

Walk along the empty beach in winter and watch the powerful waves thrashing ashore. Dogs are banned from the beach during the busy summer months but are welcome in winter. This region experiences one of the mildest climates in the country, affording plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun during summer.

Visit Porthminster Gallery on the northern flank of the beach. Admire the contemporary paintings and ceramics inspired by local towns, landscapes and seascapes.

Porthminster Beach is less than 10 minutes from St. Ives Railway Station by foot. Walking here from  nearby Porthmeor Beach will take around 15 minutes. If driving, be aware that the parking lot overlooking the beach gets very busy during peak months so consider using park and ride services at Lelant Saltings instead.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are also within 10 minutes. St Ives Station is 6 minutes by foot and Carbis Bay Station is 26 minutes.

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    Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

    Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

    Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this St Ives hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carbis Bay Beach and Porthminster Beach. St Ives Harbour is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Carbis Bay Station is only a 4-minute walk and St Ives Station is 25 minutes.

      Tregenna Castle Resort
      Tregenna Castle Resort

      Tregenna Castle Resort

      Tregenna Castle Estate, Treloyon Avenue, St Ives, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Carbis Bay Beach, Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km). St Ives Station is 18 minutes by foot and Carbis Bay Station is 21 minutes.

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        The Mustard Tree

        The Mustard Tree

        St Ives Rd, Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carbis Bay Beach and Porthminster Beach. St Ives Harbour is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Carbis Bay Station is 8 minutes by foot.

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          Pedn Olva

          Pedn Olva

          West Porthminster Beach, St Ives, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in St Ives, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Harbour Sand and Porthminster Beach. St Ives Harbour is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. St Ives Station is 8 minutes by foot and Carbis Bay Station is 27 minutes.

            Lisas Beach Pad
            Lisas Beach Pad

            Lisas Beach Pad

            1 Primrose Court, Primrose valley, St Ives, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are also within 10 minutes. St Ives Station is 8 minutes by foot and Carbis Bay Station is 23 minutes.

              Pretty Penny B&B
              Pretty Penny B&B

              Pretty Penny B&B

              13 Draycott Terrace, St Ives, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are also within 10 minutes. St Ives Station is 8 minutes by foot and Carbis Bay Station is 25 minutes.

                The Golden Hind
                The Golden Hind

                The Golden Hind

                10 The Terrace, St Ives, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Harbour Sand and Porthminster Beach. St Ives Harbour is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away. St Ives Station is only a 3-minute walk and Carbis Bay Station is 28 minutes.