Mevagissey harbour  Visiting Cornwall Logo - background is part of Bodmin Moor as seen from Jamaica Inn at Altarnun. The road in the picture is the main A30 through Cornwall. Eden Project near St Austell 
 

PORTHMEOR BEACH, ST IVES

 
 
Porthmeor Beach from the air

Porthmeor Beach was a Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award Winner in 2011. A wide crescent-shaped sandy beach that is very popular with surfers. The famous Tate St Ives is at the back of the beach. An ideal place to watch the setting sun on the horizon.

Access
On the north west side of St Ives.

Swimming & Surfing
This is a fairly exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the south. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Watch out for dangerous rips. Hollow, fast, North-facing beachbreak that works in bigger swells. Good peak at the Boiler and a right off the island.

Facilities
Nearby cafe and terrace open year round. Toilets and beach huts. Mini-golf. During the summer season, lifeguards are in attendance. The St Ives Surf School is open in the season for the hire of wetsuits and boards. They also provide lessons for beginners.

Parking
There is a small car park that fills up very early in the day. Do not think of parking on the road - a parking fine is virtually guaranteed. There is limited parking at the Tate St Ives and a public car park at The Island (about 1450 spaces), at the west end of the beach. This is also used by visitors to Porthgwidden beach.

Dog Friendly
Dogs are not permitted on this beach from Easter to October

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Porthmeor Beach