I think I may have just found my new favourite beach. Sure, there are wilder, bigger, quieter or more spectacular beaches around, and if you are down for the surf then you probably want to look elsewhere. But if you have young(ish) children then they will just love it. The sea is amazingly clear and the beach is just so clean, with no flotsam, no foam, and no seaweed. OK, so there are no rockpools, but my two boys (9 and 7) had plenty of rocks to clamber over which they loved. And the sand! Absolutely perfect for digging :-)
Porthminster Beach is a small sandy beach just on the edge of St Ives with pure white sand - perfect for family time. The water is great for paddling and there are good facilities close by - a beach shop, juice bar and ice cream stall as well as a take-away cafe and the essential toilet facilities.
The Porthminster Beach Cafe is open for morning coffee and afternoon tea as well as lunch and dinner. The cakes are fab and the views amazing from the deck. The good thing about Porthminster Beach is that is is bigger than the main Harbour beaches so you'll have more space whilst still being just a stone's throw from town. Enjoy!