Porthgwidden beach is the smallest beach in St.Ives and has a lovely relaxed and friendly atmosphere, making it a popular destination for families.
The beach is tucked away beneath St Ives “Island”, which acts as natural defence from the elements, making Porthgwidden a real sun trap. Before St Ives harbour was built, Porthgwidden was where fisherman would land their catch, taking advantage of the cove’s natural harbour.
Being St Ives, everything is relatively close by, but Porthgwidden has everything on its doorstep including a lovely beach cafe / restaurant, close by car park and toilets. Traditional beach chalets that overlook the beach are available to hire, perfect for a bit of shade or privacy. Hire enquiries: 01736 799097.
The town centre is only a short walk away if you fancy venturing further afield. Or take the scenic walk around St Ives Island from Porthgwidden beach, and head West towards Porthmeor Beach and visit the world famous Tate Gallery St. Ives.
Island car park is located just behind Porthgwidden beach, down a small steep slope to the beach. It has spaces for approximately 120 cars and is chargeable.
Public toilets are located up a steep slope behind the beach and are part of Island Car Park. These are open seasonally between Easter & September.
There is a slipway providing access to Porthgwidden beach from Island car park.
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