Family Friendly Beaches in St Ives

Family-friendly Beaches in Cornwall… Where do we start!

We’ve put together a list of 5 fantastic beaches in and around St Ives, perfect for making memories for life 

*Gwithian & Godrevy Beaches
*Carbis Bay
*Porthmeor Beach
*Porthkidney Beach

So, which one will you head for first?

First up, is Gwithian and Godrevy beaches, separate in their own right but forming one golden stretch of beach.
With so much sand comes lots of space for sandcastles, ball games and picnics. You’ll find it never gets too crowded, even in peak Summer!

Low tide also brings about rock pooling opportunities, and who doesn’t love splashing about in rock pools!

Gwithian itself has what’s known as the ‘Sheep Dip’; a large pool with a sandy bottom, perfect for little ones, while the bigger kids like to jump off the rocks.

A large car park, toilet facilities, a cafe, and a small beach shop are all available.

There’s even the chance to spot some Godrevy Seals!

Gwithian: Lifeguarded Easter School Holidays, April weekends, then daily from 1st May to 26th September 2021, 10am-6pm.
Godrevy: Lifeguarded daily from 15th May to 26th September 2021, 10am-6pm.

Next, we have Carbis Bay!

A Blue Flag Beach with soft sand, perfect for little ones to play on.

A particularly good beach for younger kids, it’s sheltered on both sides by rocky headlands allowing the water to be safe for paddling and swimming. Calm conditions like these are spot-on for kayaking and paddle boarding –
Why not hire one for a twist to your beach day? Carbis Bay Ocean Sports Centre run a kids club during summer months.

Lifeguarded daily from 10th July to 5th September 2021, 10am-6pm.

Here comes Porthmeor Beach!

Not far from Tate St Ives, it’s got the big 3 for a family-friendly beach day: beginner’s surf, long stretches of sand with rock pools and a great cafe.

It’s one of only 5 Cornish beaches to be granted Blue Flag Award status: tiptop for water quality, safety, education, and environmental management.

It even offers surf lessons within its own surf school.

Lifeguarded daily from 2nd April to 31st October 2021, 10am-6pm.

Bamaluz – heard of it?

Probably not, it’s a secret beach that disappears at high tide so one to research before arriving.

Not lifeguarded, so unsafe for swimming, the reason we’ve chosen this beach is because of its rock pooling.

A low tide-only activity, if your kids are more excited by discovering rock pools than getting in the sea, then this could be the highlight of their summer.

Bamaluz doesn’t offer its own facilities but fear not, Porthgwidden is nearby.

Not wanting to be right in the thick of it?

St Ives can get overwhelmingly busy in the peak summer months, we get it!

How about heading towards the Hayle estuary, just 2 miles from St Ives town?

Portkidney Beach!

A vast expanse of sand, at low-tide it reaches almost a mile out to sea!

Kids love sand dunes, don’t they? Well, this beach has plenty!

Lifeguarded from 10th July to 5th September 2021, 10am-6pm, dog-friendly all year, and only a short walk to Carbis Bay along the South West Coastal Path.

Porthkidney Sands is the car park to look for!

*Disclaimer: This is an ‘optional clothing beach’

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