Harbour beach is still a working port, so you’ll share the sand with local fisherman landing their daily catch whilst you relax in the sun, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of the harbour and hustle and bustle of the famous cobbled streets behind. Numerous boat trips / safaris operate from the harbour and the RNLI lifeboat station is open to visitors during the summer months.
Dogs are banned on Harbour beach between 1st July-31st August 10am-6pm.
St Ives has five beautiful beaches all within walking distance of each other, and as the tide fades away on harbour beach you are able to take the gorgeous walk along to neighbouring Porthminster Beach.
Harbour beach has a small car park, located on Smeaton’s Pier (the harbour wall) that has spaces for approximately 30 cars. This can fill up very quickly in the summer months due to the central location so an alternative is Island car park; a 2 minute walk away.
Public toilets are located at the start of Smeaton’s Pier (the harbour wall).
There is a concrete slipway providing access to the sand.
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Porthminster beach is simply gorgeous…soft white sand, crystal clear water and backed by lush greenery and palm trees that give it a very Mediterranean feel.More Details
Carbis Bay beach is a tranquil cove with soft white sand, clear calm water and surrounded by lush greenery.More Details
Bamaluz is s delightful little dog friendly beach, tucked away in the heart of St Ives.More Details
Porthmeor beach, located on the North side of St Ives is a gorgeous stretch of fine golden sand with beautiful topaz blue waters and overlooked by the world famous Tate Gallery.More Details
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