White sands, clear blue water, lifeguards in season, a great beach cafe, toilets, Blue Flag and watersports galore. You might find this is a place where you spend a lot of time during your stay.

A few minutes walk down the hill from Hawkes Point and you can be building your sand castle or enjoying a hot chocolate watching the seals catch fish, Carbis Bay beach is a unique and special place to enjoy whilst on your holidays.

See you down the beach… 


Build your castle...

  • Kayaking in Carbis Bay

    Hire a kayak

    Explore Carbis Bay and St Ives Bay on the water in a single or double kayak. Marvel at the nooks and crannies, secret beaches and clear blue waters, pottering your way around. 

  • Sailing Carbis Bay, St Ives

    Learn to sail

    Learn to sail with an RYA qualified instructor, launching from Carbis Bay beach you can tack across the bay and get to grips with being on the water powered by the nothing more than the wind. If you like to get your adrenaline going be sure to try the catamarans. 

  • Carbis Bay beach sand castle

    Build a sand castle

    With oodles of soft golden sands you will have no difficulties finding the materials to sculpt your magical castle. 

  • Ship wreck on Carbis Bay beach

    Find the wrecks

    Carbis Bay beach has been the final destination for no less than three ships. Best spotted on big low tides you can still make out the wrecks. 

  • Carbis Bay beach

    Blue Flag

    Carbis Bay beach has been awarded the highly regarded Blue Flag status for several years in a row. It takes into account water quality, environmental management and safety so the perfect place for you and your family. 

  • Deck chairs on the beach


    Picking a spot and staying for the day won’t be a problem at Carbis Bay. Toilets, cafe, takeaway, watersports rentals and even a spa are all easily accessed from the beach. 

  • Walking on Carbis Bay beach

    Beach walks

    Sam starts his day with a walk here almost daily and highly recommends it. Watching the sun rise into the sky and reflect off St Ives before most people have arisen is a great feeling and if you are looking for a longer walk Carbis Bay beach and next door Porthkidney Sands join up on big low tides to create a huge expanse of sand. 

  • St Ives from the sea

    Take a dip in the sea

    The clear blue waters are hard to resist, so dip your toe in, maybe go for a swim, you’ll see locals swimming all year around. 

  • Carbis Bay Beach Sunrise

    Watch Sunrise

    Get up early, stroll down the hill and watch the sun burst over the cliffs, this is one of the best spots to watch sunrise in our area. If you’re a real early bird you can tread the first steps into the sand for the day. 


Something for everyone

Whether your are cupping a hot chocolate after watching the seals fishing or a stretch out in the sand in summer to catch a few rays, Carbis Bay is stunning all year around. It is a super place to watch the sunrise, learn water sports or enjoy a sunset dinner.  

Snorkelling along Porthminster point, fishing for bass from the beach when the wind swings offshore or pulling on your walking boots and treading steps in the sand from Carbis Bay right around to Lelant, it can all be yours.