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Carbis Bay Beach

Just outside St Ives, surrounded by hills for protection, is a popular sheltered family holiday beach.

4 Stars

Sep 2020

Mrs Woodhead

Carbis Bay Beach

A beautiful and, at the time we went, not overcrowded beach. It has a bar/restaurant where you can eat in and take out.

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4 Stars

Apr 2019

Mrs Drew

Beautiful sandy beach

The beach itself is beautiful and well worth a visit, but unfortunately not dog friendly from the Sunday before Easter until September (unless you go before 8 am). Oceansportcentre (based on the beach) were fantastic; welcoming, helpful and very professional. My daughter and her friend tried paddle boarding for an hour. It was very good value for money at £10 each and wet suit hire was only £2! Plus they had a lesson on how to paddleboard thrown in. Fab!
Avoid the more fancy hotel cafe along the beach like the plague - unless you're happy to wait an age for drinks and pay silly prices. We were ignored for 20 mins, then waited another half an hour and our coffees didn't arrive. We gave up and left - we heard afterwards others had similar experiences.

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5 Stars

Aug 2011

Mrs Stallwood

Beautiful family beach, with excellent amenities. The walk to St Ives from the bay is enjoyable and saves worrying about parking in the town.

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5 Stars

Jan 2010

Mr and Mrs Yeomans

Award winning beach in Carbis Bay

We have been holidaying in Carbis Bay for ten years now and the beach is the main reason for this. The Bay is absolutely beautiful. The beach is about a mile long of beautiful white sand with views over to Godrevy Lighthouse and Gwithian beach.

Carbis Bay beach has a small car-park, cafe and beach shop, toilet facilites and also the Carbis Bay Hotel, which welcomes visitors not staying at the hotel. You can sit in their lovely conservatory and enjoy the view over the Bay. The beach rarely gets surf and is a family friendly beach, perfect for paddling and swimmming. Most people tend to sit in the middle of the beach close to the facilities, so if you fancy more peace and space to relax or play, simply walk a bit further along. The beach meanders away to rocky edges, perfect for rockpools at low tide - our children have always loved looking for crabs and mussels. The east side of the beach, at low tide, can dry out to connect with the RSPB bird sanctuary beach of Porthkidney Sands which adds another mile and a half to anybody wishing to take a stroll. The coastal footpath runs along the back of the beach, linking to Porthkidney Sands. In the opther direction, you can take a very scenic walk from just in front of the Carbis Bay Hotel into St Ives - it takes between 30-45 minutes and follows the train track. Children love waving to the train drivers as you cross the railway bridge - they always wave back!

All in all, a lovely beach to spend some time.
Carbis Bay was a Blue Flag Beach in 2009.

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3 Stars

Jan 2010

Lovely family beach and generally a little quieter than the crowded beaches at St Ives.

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