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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A spectacular 1km sandy beach with a Mediterranean feel. Porthminster is a gently sloping beach ideal for families. Sandchair hire scheme available.


From kayaking to mini golf, there’s lots to enjoy. In the distance you can see Godrevy Lighthouse - the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s ‘To the Lighthouse’.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll through the town of St Ives or join the Coastal Footpath which winds away to Carbis Bay and beyond. Seals and dolphins visit these areas on a regular basis.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Porthminster

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



There is a car park right by the beach but it fills quickly. Alternative parking spots can be found at either St Erth or Lelant Saltings.

Dog restrictions


Seasonal ban in place between the first Sunday before Easter and 30th September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 20th May - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.