General information

Also known as Barrepta Cove, it’s not as well known as some of its neighbouring beaches, but this is to its advantage as it’s not as busy as some. It’s a pet-friendly beach in the winter, but there’s a dog ban from Easter Day to October 1. There’s not a lot of breaking surf flowing into Carbis Bay Beach, but this makes it ideal for family beach holidays, as it is very safe for young children—a child-friendly beach indeed. There are beach holiday rentals available, including beach holiday homes, beach apartments, and self-catering beach cottages.

Major attractions

Carbis Bay Beach has a number of first-class facilities to offer, and nearby is the bustling resort of St. Ives, making this location an ideal one for U.K. beach holidays. The beach boasts a beach shop, café, and toilet facilities. You can hire deckchairs and beach huts for your convenience. There’s also a lost child centre and a first aid post on the beach. For older people and those with mobility issues, there’s a ramp down to the beach from the car park. Local rail services run along one of the most picturesque stretches of coastline in Cornwall, and the trains actually stop at the beach—a charming ride with panoramic views for couples on beach holidays or for families. At low tide you can walk out past the eastern headland to Porthkidney Sands and the RSPB bird sanctuary there, a vital sanctuary for seabirds and a haven for wildlife lovers. There is plenty to appeal to all on delightful yet cheap Carbis Bay Beach holidays.

When to visit

Many of the bays of the North Cornwall region are fairly sheltered from the wind, and Carbis Bay Beach is no exception. Therefore, it’s good to visit any time of year but shows its best aspect in spring and summer.

How to reach

To get to Carbis Bay Beach by car, approach on the A30, taking the third left exit at Loggans Moor roundabout to remain on the A30. At the next roundabout, take the second left onto the A3074 for St. Ives. Follow to Carbis Bay and turn right at the signpost for the beach. Follow the road down to the beach.


For those who enjoy a little exercise on their cheap beach holidays, the South West Coast Path runs along the top of the cliffs at the head of the beach and may even run close to your beach holiday accommodation. The cliffs are dotted with attractive trees, not a common sight on the North Cornish Coast. Of course, Carbis Bay Beach holidays shouldn’t pass without taking a dip in the sea. The water quality is rated as excellent and recommended by the Marine Conservation Society. Additionally, there are RNLI lifeguards stationed on the beach daily from July 7 until September 2. As befits what may be the best beach in Britain, there are plenty of water sports and group beach activities available, such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and snorkelling. When the tide goes out, children can have fun looking for crabs and mussels in the numerous rock pools—a simple but pleasurable pastime that reminds us that for beach holidays, England can’t be beat.

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