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The perfect beach holiday begins with a holiday rental home or holiday cottage in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Carbis Bay is a village close to Lelant and St Ives in Cornwall. The village overlooks a bay around a family beach, which is bordered by Hawke's Point and Porthminster Point. Carbis Bay has a history of mining and fishing and today is a popular holiday destination. The South West Coastal Path runs through the village, as does one of the most picturesque railways in England, the St Ives Bay Line from St Erth.

Places to holiday in Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay has one of the most scenic bays in the world and the whole area operates totally around tourism. This means an enormous range of accommodation including beach houses, luxury flats and fishermen's cottages. Self catering holiday cottages are a good choice for families or as a base to explore Cornwall.

Carbis Bay is only a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of St Ives and cottage holidays are perfect for relaxing on the Blue Flag accredited beach and to get away from it all. Cornish holiday cottages offer high standards for a home away from home experience with the option to eat in or out when you please, whereas mealtimes in a hotel restrict your day somewhat.

There are three wrecks on the beach of Carbis Bay that make a pleasant short stroll before your breakfast in a holiday cottage. Alternatively the Carbis Bay Hotel's restaurant is open to non-residents.

Things to do in Carbis Bay

From shopping to sightseeing, surfing to golfing, walking to wildlife and horse riding to heritage sites, whatever your interests, you're sure to be spoilt for choice when you take a holiday rental home in Carbis Bay. It has so many places to see, attractions to visit, splendid natural scenery and many visitors find the areas beaches suffice.

The beach at Carbis Bay is sheltered and the sea is calm and well suited to wind surfing and waterskiing. St Ives harbour is a suntrap; just the place for sunbathing and the longest beach in the area at Porthminster is sandy, sheltered and safe for swimming. The beach cafe has an exhibition by local artists. Porthgwidden Beach also offers safe swimming and Porthmeor is the best surfing beach. Other beaches to explore from your cottage include Porthkidney Sands, The Towans and Hayle Towans.

Neighbouring St Ives is a picture postcard town with cobbled streets and quaint shops and alleyways, visit the Tate Gallery or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and try out the local specialities such as marinated pilchards, Cornish pasty, clotted cream teas, saffron cake, heavy cake and Cornish ice-cream. If the weathers not good where you are, or you want to travel further a field, then consider Flambards at Helston, the Eden Project at St Austell, Lands End, Dairyland Farm World and Newquay Zoo, The Cornish Cyder Farm at Penhallow or the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.

Weather in Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay's climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream and as the bay is sheltered it is suitable for holidays all year round.

Travel to Carbis Bay

Newquay and Plymouth airports serve Carbis Bay, as do the ports of Falmouth and Plymouth. The St Ives Bay railway station is above the beach and connects to the main line to London Paddington. There is a park and ride at Lelant Saltings.

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    Cottage #6519864
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                Multiple rentals Apartment #8145290
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                  Cottage #6749878
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                    Multiple rentals Apartment #448597
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                        Apartment #52556
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                          House #6515953
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                                  Apartment #8133368
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                                      Cottage #8106749
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                                                                    Apartment #6723047
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                                                                            Cottage #6723039
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                                                                              Cottage #6723041
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                                                                                Apartment #8126227
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                                                                                  Cottage #8173886
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                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                      Apartment #6791788
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                                                                                        Apartment #8123527
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                                                                                          Apartment #6024140
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                                                                                            Apartment #6723061
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                                                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                              Bungalow #6513228
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                                                                                                Multiple rentals House #6550884
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                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                                  Cottage #8092238
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                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                                                    Cottage #8130574
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                                                                                                      Apartment #6723044
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Smart, clean and well positioned

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The little house is well positioned in the centre of St Ives, very conveniently near everywhere. Inside, the house is very well furnished, comfortable and clean ... a very comfortable stay indeed. And the owners were always exceedingly helpful.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Amazing apartment & a gorgeous sea view

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      What a wonderful time we have had! The weather has been mixed but we were blessed with staying in this extremely comfortable apartment, it really is home from home and so much better than the photos suggest. Everything about it has been carefully thought out and we really appreciated the attention to detail and that the apartment was spotlessly clean. We have been visiting Cornwall for some time and we love it. This apartment is in such a superb location it really does tick all of the boxes. Carbis Bay itself is beautiful and the apartment is in a nice quiet position. There are fabulous coastal walks in both directions and we made good use of the thermos flask and picnic set. We ate out most evenings but when we did stay in it was so easy as everything we needed was there - even a rack of herbs & spices to use. The sea views from the loung are divine and we loved looking out across the gardens to the ocean, which is just mesmerising. Drawing back the curtains and seeing that view is a great way to start the day! We had some lovely lazy lunches in St Ives and visited several beach cafes - Porthminster a favourite but all were good with amazing scenery. We walked into St Ives along the coastal path several times, and after a lazy lunch and a few drinks we caught the train back (very easy). We also tried some of the restaurants in Carbis Bay and really enjoyed fish and chips from Becks, tapas from La Cassitta and we had a great pizza one lunch time from the Carbis Bay beach cafe (great view there too!) All in all a fantastically relaxing holiday in a lovely apartment. Just what we needed and can't wait to go back.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      3 Sea View. The perfect location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Had a great time in this cosy, comfy cottage. Perfect location for sea views, restaurants, shops and pubs. Sam the owner at 'Orange Roofs' is very helpful.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016