Holidays in Porthmeor Beach

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Porthmeor Beach showing a coastal town and a beach as well as a large group of people

Enjoy views of rugged cliffs and take lessons with a local surf school at this picturesque cove that has long inspired artists.

Porthmeor Beach is a stretch of golden sand sheltered by two headlands. With excellent water conditions for both swimming and surfing, the beach is a favorite among vacationers. Bring the whole family to enjoy this safe and clean beach.

Admire views of the sparkling sea and the green park on the eastern headland. Use binoculars to search for elusive Cornish choughs on the cliffs. Art studios look out over the beach, which often serves as inspiration for their work.

Find a sandy area for your family and set up a picnic. Build sand castles and comb the beach for crabs, shells and other treasures. Other popular beach activities include sunbathing and swimming.

Bring your surfboard to practice on the choppy waves. The St. Ives Surf School, located on the beach, offers lessons in surfing as well as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. The school also takes groups coasteering, which involves climbing, jumping and swimming around the rocky coastal cliffs. Alternatively, rent boards, wetsuits, kayaks and other gear from the school and go it alone.

The coastline has many nature trails with impressive views. Follow sections of the South West Coast Path long-distance walking route, which lead off from the beach in both directions. Buy snacks and refreshments from one of the beachside cafés and peruse works of art in the Tate St. Ives gallery.

This beach is one of only a few in Cornwall to attain Blue Flag status, which indicates a high level of water quality and safety. Several parking lots are located in St. Ives though spaces are limited. During peak season, consider using the park and ride facilities at Lelant Saltings instead.

Lifeguards patrol the beach on weekends in late spring and daily throughout summer. Dogs are not allowed here from Easter through to the end of September. Walk northeast from central St. Ives to get to Porthmeor Beach. Nearby landmarks include the Barnoon Cemetery, Imagianation Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

2432 Cheap Hotels Near Porthmeor Beach

Tregenna Castle Resort
Tregenna Castle Resort
3 out of 5
Tregenna Castle Estate, Treloyon Avenue, St Ives, England
The price is AU$137 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Carbis Bay Beach and Harbour Sand are also within 1 mile ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (505 reviews)
"Amazing views from the castle! There are a lot of buildings, so finding the hotel took a minute! The inside is spectacular, the rooms are a bit older looking though. Comfortable and very clean though."

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2021

Tregenna Castle Resort
St Ives Harbour Hotel
St Ives Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
The Terrace, St Ives, England
The price is AU$262 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this St Ives hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (307 reviews)
"Really close to the beach....great views....friendly staff. Clean room and nice breakfast and dinner."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

St Ives Harbour Hotel
Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
St Ives, ENG
This family-friendly St Ives apartment building is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"Fantastic property the sea view from the lounge bay window is stunning and from the balcony in the master bedroom this property is clean and spacious and the added touch of the use of the harbour hotel and spa I would recommend the high tea at this hotel as it’s fantastic value for money lovely sandwiches ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
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Top Porthmeor Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Tregenna Castle Resort
Tregenna Castle Resort
3 out of 5
Tregenna Castle Estate, Treloyon Avenue, St Ives, England
The price is AU$137 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Tregenna Castle Resort
St Ives Harbour Hotel
St Ives Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
The Terrace, St Ives, England
The price is AU$262 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
St Ives Harbour Hotel
Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
St Ives, ENG
Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
The St Ives Bay Hotel
The St Ives Bay Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The Terrace, Cornwall, St Ives, England
The price is AU$146 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
The St Ives Bay Hotel
6 Barnaloft
6 Barnaloft
4 out of 5
23 Barnaloft, St Ives, England
6 Barnaloft
Charming Cottage 50 Mtrs from Porthmeor  Beach for up to 5 people. With parking
Charming Cottage 50 Mtrs from Porthmeor Beach for up to 5 people. With parking
St Ives, ENG
Charming Cottage 50 Mtrs from Porthmeor Beach for up to 5 people. With parking
Binns Cottage
Binns Cottage
3.5 out of 5
21 The Meadow, St Ives, England
Binns Cottage
The Green House - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
The Green House - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
3 Upper Meadow, St Ives, ENG
The Green House - Two Bedroom House, Sleeps 4
Luxury apartment 180° beach views & onsite parking
Luxury apartment 180° beach views & onsite parking
St Ives, ENG
Luxury apartment 180° beach views & onsite parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.