Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, Carbis Bay is a stop on the St. Erth to St. Ives railway branch line. Located just over a mile south east of the main beach of St. Ives (Porthminster), Carbis Bay beach otherwise known as Porthreptor or Barrepta is a north east facing strip of golden sand. The mile-long beach is sheltered by Porthminster Point to the north and west and by Carrack Gladden to the southeast.
Not so well known as St. Ives, Carbis Bay is still a popular destination for bathers and the views across to Godrevy lighthouse, Gwithian and Hayle Towans are very pleasing. The beach is privately owned, and overlooked by, the Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa. Its aspect means that there is little swell and relatively safe for youngsters.
There are fine walks along the coast path north west to St. Ives or south east to Lelant. At low tide it is also possible to walk along the beach to Porthkidney Sands, Lelant, but please be aware of the state of the tide and take great care not to get cut off.
There are lifeguards stationed on the beach in the summer season as well asrefreshments and toilets nearby. Dogs are not allowed from Easter to the end of October. Parking is available above the beach, although most visitors 'let the train take the strain' and use the Park and Ride at Lelant Saltings.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Seasonal dog ban
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