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Dogs on beaches in St Ives

Dogs on the beach

Many of our properties are dog friendly.

Dogs are allowed on all beaches between 1st October and the Sunday before Easter.

From the Sunday before Easter and until the 1st October dogs are not allowed on certain beaches in and around St Ives (see web link).  

Bamaluz and Lambeth beaches remain dog-friendly year round.  

Dogs are allowed on the harbour beach from the Sunday before Easter to October 1st from 7pm to 8am only.

Map of dog friendly beaches in St Ives area

Information sheet on dog friendly beaches and seasonal dog ban

Porthmeor beach St Ives Cornwall

Porthmeor beach

Porthmeor Beach is on the wilder, windswept north side of St Ives with Mans Head and The Island promontories offering some protection on the west and east ends of the beach. There is nothing between the beach and America hence it is one of the best surf breaks in the UK. The beach is also famous for the Tate Gallery which sits majestically above the beach on the site where the old gasworks used to stand.



The harbour

The picturesque harbour of St Ives is the main draw for visitors to the town. It consists of a south-facing swathe of golden sand bound by three granite quays- New Pier, Smeaton's Pier and West Pier and a busy promenade known as The Wharf and Lambeth Walk on the Porthminster side. The harbour provides shelter for fishing and pleasure boats and there is an impressive Lifeboat house on the West Pier.


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Porthminster beach

Porthminster is the first beach you see when you arrive in St Ives and is especially memorable as you approach by train. The beach is backed by subtropical shrubs, the putting green and an exercise area. The golden sand and clear blue water is a draw for families and sunbathers and is also ideal for swimming and watersports. There are a couple of refreshment shacks, colourful painted changing rooms and the world famous Porthminster Cafe.



Porthgwidden beach

Porthgwidden beach

Porthgwidden beach is one of the most sheltered beaches in St Ives, tucked away between The Island and the harbour. It is particularly beautiful in the morning for sunrise and it is hard to drag yourself away after that! It is a picture perfect example of the English beach scene, complete with lots of sandcastles and buckets and spades. There is a lovely restaurant with a terrace overlooking the beach and a takeaway beneath.


Bamaluz beach


Bamaluz Beach is at Wheal Dream between Porthgwidden and New Pier. It is a rocky cove with golden sand at low tide and amazing deep green water which tempts you to dive in! The beach is dog-friendly all year round and is also favoured by families looking for a quieter beach in the high season.


Carbis BayCarbis Bay

Carbis Bay beach is just one mile east of St Ives and faces the northeast. This beach is ideal spot for families with toddlers as the sea here is perfect for swimming as it rarely ever gets any surf. It also has a resident ocean sports centre which hosts a variety of watersports such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing. Carbis Bay is served by the picturesque St Ives branch line.


Porth Kidney

Porth Kidney

Porthkidney Sands is just two miles away from St Ives and is dog friendly all year round. Porth Kidney is north facting beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary. At low tide the beach can stretch almost a mile out to sea. The beach is backed by picturesque sand dunes. West Cornwall Golf Club overlooks the beach.