St. Ives boasts a variety of beaches, each with its own individual characteristics. All beaches have golden 'sand castle' sand and excellent facilities and Porthmeor and Porthminster have life-guard cover in the summer months and have been regularly awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness. Westcliff is by Porthmeor Beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. This lovely sandy beach is renowned for good surfing and body boarding and is ideal for those who enjoy riding the waves, or others who enjoy just relaxing on the sand listening to the sound of the sea.
St. Ives picturesque harbour has a small but busy fishing fleet and visitors enjoy seeing the boats come home with a good catch of fresh fish which supplies the local restaurants.
Seals frequently visit the harbour hoping for a free meal, and sometimes dolphins can be seen in the bay. Boat trips, either self-drive or organised excursions for sight-seeing or fishing, are one of the many attractions, and twice weekly - wind conditions permitting - the St. Ives Sailing Club makes a pretty sight racing in the bay.
Bowling and Putting Greens
St. Ives has two putting greens, one by Porthminster Beach and the other next to the Bowling Green on the western side of the town, right opposite Westcliff just above the Porthmeor Beach
Trains & Busses
POSH: Port-side Out - Starboard Home, will give the best views on the 30 minutes train ride from St. Ives to Penzance. The railway, listed as one of the loveliest train rides in the country, runs in parallel to St. Ives Bay and the Hayle Estuary then crosses over to the South Coast. Shop in Penzance, then relax on the way home taking in the views of Mounts Bay and St. Michael's Mount, then across the peninsular to the spectacular panorama of beautiful St. Ives Bay. During the summer months the open top bus offers spectacular views of the peninsular.
Westcliff is opposite the coastal footpath leading to the beach or to Man's Head and Clodgy Point where on a summer evening it is wonderful to watch the sun setting into the Atlantic Ocean. There are short circular walks, or for the energetic we suggest taking the open top bus to Zennor then walk the 6 miles back to St. Ives along the coastal path. A gentle walk to Carbis Bay or Lelant is also popular, perhaps with a train ride back. For the adventurous an evening guided Ghost Walk is an entertaining way to end the day.
The St. Ives Theatre is the home of award winning "Kidz R Us", one of the most talented young theatre companies in the U.K. During the summer months a selection of shows are performed for the entertainment of the both the local community and visitors to our lovely resort. http://www.kidzrus.net/
The Minack Theatre must be the most spectacular theatre setting in the country - perhaps in the world. Carved out from the cliffs above Porthcurno Beach this outdoor theatre has spectacular views over Porthcurno Bay to Logan Rock and throughout the summer months various theatre companies visit to perform a wide selection of entertainment. Although approximately 18 miles from St. Ives it is well worth the visit and the local coach operators offer excursions for those who do not wish to drive. http://www.minack.com/