Beaches & Coastline

Harbour Beach

The Wharf, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 1LP
Harbour Beach St Ives low tideAlex May Photography St Ives 55b
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An ideal safe spot for swimming and building sand castles, the beach has easy access and is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of this popular resort, so you won’t go short of ice creams and hot pasties and there are many shops, galleries, cafes and pubs along the street that runs parallel to the sea.

St Ives is still very much a working port and from the beach you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catches of fresh seafood like mackerel and bass and the town’s Lifeboat Station, situated on the harbour for over 100 years, is open to the visitors during the summer season.


  • No lifeguard on duty
  • Amenities in the town centre close by
  • Parking nearby on the Sloop carpark, Island carpark or Smeaton’s Pier carpark


Dogs are welcome on this beach except between the first Sunday before Easter and 30 September (8am – 7pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

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