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Address: The Island, St Ives, England

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My favourite beach

There are beaches with less stone, more heat, clearer water and the setting sun. There are beaches with michelin starred cafes, harbouring super yachts, exotic coral and exciting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jack J
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are beaches with less stone, more heat, clearer water and the setting sun. There are beaches with michelin starred cafes, harbouring super yachts, exotic coral and exciting times. Porthgwidden Beach is my favourite beach in the world. There are rocks to pick mussels and hunt crabs. It has enough sand and sea for an evening dip. It has ample... More 

Thank Jack J
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small beach with beach-huts and cafe-bar regular Seal sightings in the surf. Cafe menu excellent and available for functions and weddings. Nice easy walk from St. Ives and circular route back through the old parts of St. Ives through rambling rows of fishermen's cottages.

Thank norcim
Derby, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This lovely little beach is an absolute gem which is often a lot more sheltered than the other beaches in St Ives. It offers golden sands, with rock pools on each side, there is a lovely beach café & toilets within a two minute walk. You might even see a seal here as they love to play around the rocks.... More 

Thank pat w
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

You've booked your accommodations in or near Porthgwidden, this is your handy beach, very often you see people sculpting the sand, always fascinating and enjoyable, it's the beach you arrive after walking round the Island, great sea views, and the coastline depending on your location, handy for the town facilities

Thank William P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Great for children quite sheltered and flat though reasonable ridge today - North West wind! Better when south westerly. Our boys love it - aged 6 and 3. Nice cafe too.

Thank MattyA32
Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Porthgwidden beach is tucked away around the corner from Smeatons Pier. It's a little jewel of a beach. If you are lucky you may see a bride and groom having pictures taken (we did), or you may see a seal gambolling in the sea just off the beach (we did). A really lovely little spot to visit as part of... More 

Thank Gary W
Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Go to St Ives a lot as have family near by. Porthgwidden a lovely little beach with more than adequate facilities. Cafe/restUrant overlooking beach cosy and most pleasing.

Thank Elaine D
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

fantastic clean beach, shared the sea with a seal just 10 feet from us, really enjoyed this beach, who would have thought you could get a afternoon on the beach in the UK in late september

Thank guy1w
Calgary, Canada
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492 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Nice beach on the walking path around the sea wall. Some nice cafes, shops if you walk up towards the parking area. Toilets located in the same area.

Thank Challenger01
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

A really nice small beach with lovely sand for sand castle making. No lifegaurd on duty but seemed very safe for swimming, and not a lot of surf unlike other beaches around this area so I'd say safe for children

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