Porthmeor Beach

In Brief

Suitable for: Beach lovers who want a town nearby
Location: Practically in the centre of St Ives
Parking: Plenty of parking around the town
Dog friendly?: Yes, apart from the summer months

The Tate St Ives gallery is world famous. So is the fishing town of St Ives, for that matter. So why not head into the gallery and then walk to the beach straight afterwards? It’ll take you a matter of minutes and you’ll get to go from an internationally celebrated art haven to a picture-perfect sandy paradise.

Porthmeor Beach is quite simply the main beach of St Ives. Right next to the Tate and a host of shops and eateries, it’s a sandy and safe stretch that is popular with those wanting to relax right next to town, as well as those wanting to do a spot of surfing or swimming out in the decent ocean waves. Getting a picnic from the town and heading to Porthmeor with family or friends is quite the St Ives tradition for visitors.

Parking is ample around the town but can be difficult during peak season so prepare to drive around a little looking for a spot if you’re not an early bird. And dogs are welcome to enjoy Porthmeor throughout the year except for during the summer months. Lifeguard cover is in place over the summer too and it’s always super-clean and really well maintained on these picturesque sands. Welcome to a pretty dramatic beach that’s flanked by rugged headlands, famous art galleries and some of the best eateries in Cornwall.