Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
Situated in the shadow of the iconic Tate St Ives building, Porthmeor is a safe, sandy beach popular with surfers and swimmers. Its location is ideal; a stone’s throw away from the centre of St Ives where you’ll find trendy cafes, ancient pubs and, of course, a selection of art galleries that the town is famous for. Porthmeor is St Ives’ most dramatic beach facing the full force of the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by rugged headlands.
The beach is ideal for families and its facilities include a surf school, a seasonal lifeguard service and of course the beachside cafe.
Porthmeor Beach Cafe takes dinner reservations, (you do not need to book for breakfast and lunch, just come along!) The cafe boasts the best sunset in the west; perfect for people watching, checking the surf and even the occasional dolphin show. There is a choice of seating on the terrace or inside in a cosy heated booth.
Porthmeor is one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award which recognises high standards. Dogs are welcome except during the seasonal dog ban which runs from the last Sunday before Easter and 30 September.