Carbis Bay

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover July 6 - September 8 Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer

This is a great time of year to be on the beach in the morning.  I was talking to Ann, whom I’d met on a previous visit, about this and that, while the tide reached its zenith.  Carbis Bay beach is quite steep, so the waves seem to build vertically and hang poised, before crashing down on themselves, never making it as far up the beach as you expect.  The sun was bright and there were lots of friends with dogs, meeting daily to start the day in style.  It was a harmonious place to be.  Great beach, highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Jen, at the start of a special day.


Tom’s relationship with the beach.


In the morning at Carbis Bay in the summer, a pleasure indeed.

Season: winter

The vivid light hereabouts was on show at Carbis Bay for this re-visit.  There’s a wide vista for the beach goer to enjoy on this beach, with views across to Hayle Towans, Gwithian, Godrevy and the lighthouse in one direction, sweeping round to the harbour at St Ives.  The setting always feels tropical and you can be sure of some marine wildlife to enjoy, on this occasion cormorants and a grey seal.  Highly recommended.

Winter visit photo gallery


The view from the sea, with Robin.


A panoramic vista at Carbis Bay.

Season: spring

The tide had fallen away for this re-visit, exposing the fine golden sand here at Carbis Bay.  Holidaymakers were enjoying the start of the season, walking languidly along the waterline.  A passing storm was replaced by bright sunshine, as clean sets of surf broke onto the beach.  All was well with the world.

Spring visit photo gallery


Nick and Rachel reflect on beaches, near and far.


From St Ives round to Hayle and beyond, the fine vista at Carbis Bay.

Season: winter

The tide was halfway in for this winter re-visit.  The views towards St Ives, Godrevy lighthouse, Gwithian and Hayle Towans, such an appealing element here, were distant, misty outlines.  This blurred the line between the sea and the sky, a hazy, sleepy visual to counter the relentless sound of the waves against the beach.  Even on a cloudy day, the peculiarly clear light at this end of Cornwall set the blue sea into relief against the soft, golden sand.

Winter visit photo gallery


The contemplative side of the beach for Carrie.


A winter morning at Carbis Bay in Cornwall.

Season: spring

It was wet and mild for this spring re-visit to Carbis Bay.  The tide was in and the mesmeric turquoise of the sea here remained, despite the grey, overcast sky.  You can see the pleasure that the beach gives to visitors in Peter’s face, during our brief chat.

Spring visit photo


At the end of the beach, in Carbis Bay.


Peter sifts through family memories.

Season: autumn

Carbis Bay is a beach with fine sand just east of St Ives.  With a small accessible car park, it’s a great place to see seals and look across to St Ives and Godrevy Lighthouse.  The relatively steep shelf creates crashing sets of waves, particularly towards high tide.  It has the Sands Café next to the beach and the Carbis Bay Hotel and apartments behind.


My chat with Ralph, who works on the beach at Carbis Bay and at the Carbis Bay Hotel.


Interview with Derek, walking his dog at Carbis Bay


The relentless action of the Atlantic Ocean on the rocks at Carbis Bay on the North Coast of Cornwall.


Seals in the sea by the beach at Carbis Bay.

One thought on “Carbis Bay

  1. Jess

    With its golden sands and turquoise sea, Carbis Bay is recognised as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It is often selected as the perfect base for those wanting to relax and get away from it all but have the convenience of being just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of St. Ives. Great for strolling along the beach, listening to ebb and flow of the sea or simply sitting on the sand and gazing out to St Ives Bay, breathing in the briny air and putting the world in perspective. Everyone should experience it in their life.


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