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Porthmeor Beach (St Ives)

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Porthmeor
Cornwall, TR26 1JZ, Lat/Long 50.2N 5.5W

Simply one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. Guaranteed to provide fast and strong waves for surfers.

Porthmeor attracts walkers and families keen to explore the rock pools dotted along this Blue Flag beach. Seals and dolphins regularly visit.

Water quality

  • This bathing water is not affected by South West Water overflows
  • Bathing water quality can be affected by other factors including urban drainage

Local activities and interests

Parking at Beach Road car park in Porthtowan. Toilets, shops, food and litter bins.

Porthmeor is another popular beach for surfers and body boarders attracted to the short and snappy beach breaks. It picks up good quality surf and is regarded as an excellent place to learn to surf. St Ives Surf Life Saving Club at Porthmeor Beach.

RNLI Lifeguard service: For RNLI lifeguard season dates click here

Good Beach Guide: Porthmeor



Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall

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