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A beautiful privately owned beach with golden sand, a great beach restaurant and so much more to offer.

We love this privately owned beach - great for surfing and has wonderful views. The Carbis Bay... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
Stunning beach

We walked from Levant Saltings along the coastal path so passed down to this beach. Golden sand... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
West Kelowna
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This picturesque bay, located in St Ives, offers outstanding views and a magnificent sandy beach offering many recreational activities such as swimming, boating, surfing, rock climbing and tennis.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steep hill” (36 reviews)
“st ives” (208 reviews)
“car park” (58 reviews)
Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We love this privately owned beach - great for surfing and has wonderful views. The Carbis Bay Hotel overlooks it and is a great place to stay/dine/relax/have a party/wedding reception etc!

Thank ChristinaBirtles
Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked from Levant Saltings along the coastal path so passed down to this beach. Golden sand, great surf, nice little cafe, restrooms.

Thank SunnyWestKelowna
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited quite a few beaches right through to Hayle. The beaches were clean & there were a lot of people walking thier dogs. We had pleasant walks & family time where our girls took thier bucket & spades. Lots to see & explore around...More

Thank pinkykaurrall
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

super clean beach with great beach cafe on it. Gorgeous white sand. Close to St Ives. safe place for children

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OMG! My husband and myself were staying 5 mins from this beach, and Absolutely Stunning beach, my husband said it was like being abroad but better. We were lucky with the weather but so glad to have come and found this beautiful stunning location. Will...More

Thank Mariewiltshire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great beach to visit all year round. Super in the winter, flat and sandy and good sand for sandcastles Wonderful beachside cafe with great staff adjoining beach

Thank richardandjane2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another beautiful beach on which I spent a lot of time! :)) I always walk the path from St.ives to Carbis Bay :)) The beach is sandy and sea is clear! :)) It is a perfect place to relax and spend time with your family!...More

Thank Vladka11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this beach - just felt at home! Friendly locals and not commercialised. Lovely space and we even had a seal to watch in the water.

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning little bay beautiful sand clear sea would highly recommend to visit this bay either with the children or just to get a relaxing hour or two away from life

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 3 November 2017

This is one of the finest beaches in Cornwall, with a classic long sandy vista sweping for about 1/2 mile. Parking is very restricted, and it's a very steep walk down, but well worth the effore. Hopefully by next summer, the building work will have...More

Thank Antony S
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18 October 2017|
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Response from Basil W | Reviewed this property |
No Problems. Ample walkways available for the coastal path to St Ives. There are no obstructions for access to the beach and the small car parks around the Carbis Bay Hotel are till in operation.
24 July 2017|
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Response from cltboy | Reviewed this property |
yes you can
Mandy B
10 April 2017|
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Response from THFC69 | Reviewed this property |
Think the previous answers are correct. However be aware that when we visited there was a huge amount of building work going on.