Porthgwidden beach is a small, sandy beach tucked in between The Island and the harbour in St Ives. It is very popular with young families and does get quite crowded on sunny days in Spring and Summer.
It looks out to Godrevy lighthouse and so faces East. This means that it is usually more sheltered from the wind than some of the other beaches.
The sea is usually fairly calm here, but there is sometimes a shelf which can make it a bit tricky for young children.
There are some lovely rocks and pools to explore a low tide.
It is not unusual for a big seal to be seen playing around the rocks on the Island side of the beach. If you see him, please keep your distance as, for all his good looks and charm, he is a wild animal!
From St Ives Harbour, follow the signs to The Island car park, across Back Road West.
Alternatively, follow the coast path round from Smeaton's Pier, past Bamaluz Beach and round to Porthgwidden Beach.
Porthgwidden Beach is right by The Island car park.
There are steps down either side of the beach.
In the middle of the beach at the back, there is an access slope. This makes it easy for prams and wheelchairs, but do take care as it is steep!
Toilets: there are public toilets at the top of the slope by The Island Car Park
Car Park: there is a fairly big car park at the top of the hill behind Porthgwidden Beach called The Island car park. It does require you driving all the way though town, which isn't for the faint-hearted!
Food & Drink: there is the fabulous Porthgwidden Beach Cafe overlooking the beach. Underneath the cafe is a takeaway which does superb sandwiches, drinks and ice cream.
Lifeguard: there is NO LIFEGUARD on Porthgwidden Beach.
Dogs: There is a seasonal dog ban on Porthgwidden Beach.
Beach Huts: you can hire beach huts at Porthgwidden Beach.
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