A Guide to St Ives Beaches: Part 2

Onna Boden

If you caught up with us last week, you will have seen part one of our guide to St Ives beaches and today we’re back with part two. We think St Ives has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, yes we may be a little biased but wait until you see them. What better way to make the most of your self catering holiday than to explore our beautiful Cornish beaches?


About thirty minutes drive from our holiday cottages you will find the beautiful and expansive Gwithian. It offers everything a family could want with The Sunset Surf beachside café and bar overlooking the beach, great surf conditions and plenty of small coves and rock pools for the kids to enjoy.

Awards: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

Lifeguard Service: Cover from 5th May to 30th September and weekends during October.

Parking: Parking at Gwithian Towans

Dogs: Seasonal dog ban from Easter to 1st October.

Toilets: Yes

Carbis Bay

Sheltered by the large tree covered cliffs, Carbis Bay is only is only a ten minute drive from our luxury accommodation making it the perfect family friendly beach. You can even arrive by foot following the beautiful cliff walk that leads straight to the beach. The lack of surf means it’s not ideal for those looking to catch a wave, but the turquoise waters are perfect for swimmers and young families.

Awards: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Lifeguard Service: Cover from 7th July to 2nd September.

Parking: Parking at train station.

Dogs: Dogs are permitted from 5a.m.- 8 a.m during summer. Allowed at any time from October 1st – Easter Day.

Toilets: Yes


The vastness of Porthkidney, particularly when the tide is out, makes this beach the perfect option if you want the space to kick a ball about. The sheer size of this beach means you don’t need to worry about overcrowding. It’s also one of the few beaches that allows dogs all year round so if you’ve brought man’s best friend with you it’s a great way to still enjoy some sand between your toes. The only down side is there is no facilities.

PLEASE REMEMBER: The river is not suitable for swimming as the riptides at this end of the beach can be dangerous.

Awards: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

Lifeguard Service: Daily cover from the 7th July to 2th September.

Parking: Very Limited parking at Lelant Church.

Dogs: Dogs allowed all year round.

Toilets: No

That’s a wrap on our guide to St Ives beaches. We hope you enjoy exploring these Cornish gems and much as we do. We’re here to help make your self catering holiday the best it can be, please don’t hesitate to ask if you need any advice on which beach is right for you!