Popular surfing and bodyboarding beach, with a surf school located on the beach in the main season. Porthmeor beach is popular with families, the beach is north facing and overlooked by the Tate Gallery.
With a wide expanse of soft golden sand, the beach is also the recipient of a Blue Flag and a Seaside Award for 2006. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.
Professional lifeguards (RNLI) patrol the beach from May to September.
- Seasonal dog ban, Easter to October
- Shop or cafe nearby
- Dogs allowed October to Easter
- Parking – the car parks in St Ives get full very early in the main season, and the big car park at the top of town can bit a hike back up.
Why not try parking at St Erth or Lelant Saltings and enjoy the scenic branch line into the heart of the town.
Back to St Ives Beaches© Photograph of Porthmeor Beach with kind permission of John Stratford Flckr