ST IVES BAY 'One of the most beautiful bays in the world' - Carbis Bay is home to a fabulous Blue Flag beach and forms part of the coastline known as St Ives Bay, notably one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Warmed by the Gulf Stream this remarkable part of West Cornwall has its own micro-climate and the subtropical plants, golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters give the area a real Mediterranean atmosphere. Carbis Bay beach is about a mile long and usually has a calm feel about it, making it an ideal spot for families with toddlers, swimmers or those needing calm waters for activities such as SUP boarding, kayaking or canoeing (equipment can be hired at the beach from Ocean Sports).
The centre of St Ives is just over a mile away and is easily accessible either by walking along the magnificent South West coastal path, or if you prefer via the very scenic St Ives Bay branch line. The regular train service operates all year round and the journey takes about 3-4 minutes. St Ives itself has a choice of golden sandy beaches, each with an appeal of their own, from surfing to sunbathing the incredible beaches in this part of West Cornwall have something on offer for everyone.
And there is no questioning the quality of light and air in this part of West Cornwall that makes being outside so fantastic, whether you prefer to mill around the independent shops and galleries, stopping for the odd cream tea, or if you would rather try something a little more energetic there is plenty to choose from all year round. Golfers have a choice of two fabulous links courses just over a mile away, there are plenty of places to surf, as well as fishing, horse-riding, cycling and so much more. Nearby, the Hayle Estuary (the most southerly estuary in the UK) is home to a fantastic variety of birds, and is an amazing bird watching venue, especially in Spring and Autumn.
AN ARTISTS PARADISE - There is so much to see and learn in this part of the West Country, St Ives Bay has an incredible quality of light and is an area of undeniable natural beauty, providing inspiration to artists, poets, writers, sculptors and ceramicists to name but a few. There is a huge variety of galleries and studios to visit in St Ives, many of which are dotted between the quaint fishermen's cottages, as well as world famous venues such as Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum that attract visitors from around the world all year round.
WONDERFUL SCENERY - The beauty of staying in Carbis Bay is that you really don't need a car at all, you can get into St Ives by hopping on the 3-4 minute St Ives Bay branch line, or you can walk along the magnificent South West coastal path. However, if you do want to use the car to explore the many delights further afield that Cornwall has on offer you will be spoilt for choice. From venues used in the Poldark filming, such as Gunwalloe, or Port Isaac aka Doc Martin's Port Wenn, to fabulous National Trust attractions such as St Michael's Mount or the spectacular open air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. The coastal walks vary in length and difficulty and the walk from Carbis Bay to Zennor isn't for the faint hearted but it is simply stunning!
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE - the children will love venues such as Paradise Park or the Seal Sanctuary, and there are lots of activities available nearby to suit all tastes, from Surfing, Coasteering and Go Karting to Paint Workshops and Ghost Walks. There are plenty of spectacular gardens throughout the county and St Ives is literally buzzing in September when its artistic and cultural hub comes alive with the St Ives September Festival.
ST IVES IS A FOODIES HEAVEN - St Ives is literally packed with eateries, and there is something for all tastes and budgets. From fine dining to supreme takeaways, you will be completely spoilt for choice and won't be disappointed.
Or if you prefer to travel further afield to some of the more famous chef's eateries you could head to Padstow and try Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant or Paul Ainsworths Number 6, Michael Caines The Cove at Maenporth (Falmouth) or The Harbourside Refuge at Porthleven or you could pay a visit to Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, to name but a few.
OR STAY AT HOME - Of course, you could buy some of the very best local produce and cook up a delicous meal at home - Sea Shells and Sea Spray have wonderful sea views even from the kitchen, so cooking for family and friends is a pleasure whilst on holiday, and not a chore!