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 with its breath taking views, or if you prefer via the very scenic St Ives Bay branch line. The railway link offers incredible views throughout the 3-4 minute journey, and the train runs regularly and operates all year round. 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 ARTIST'S 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 - Carbis Bay is a spectacular coastal village in West Cornwall, best known for its beautiful golden sandy beach and exotic sea views. The advantage of staying in Carbis Bay is that you really don't need a car at all, you can get into the nearby picturesque town of 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. Both apartments have their own designated parking space through secure gated access and so you can have the option of using the car if you want to explore the many delights further afield that Cornwall has on offer, although 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! In 2021 Carbis Bay hosted the world leaders at the G7 summit and was proud to show off its striking location to the world's media as the beautiful golden sands beach provided the incredibly stunning and tranquil setting for the event.
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 FOODIE'S HEAVEN - St Ives is literally packed with independent 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.
Whilst there is a much bigger choice of eateries in St Ives, there are still plenty of options in Carbis Bay itself, Becks Fish & Chips, La Casita, The Gannet Inn and The Beach Club restaurant are a few of the popular choices, and the latest additions include Walter's On The beach, The Deli Cafe as well as celebrity chef Adam Handling's Ugly Butterfly.
Or if you prefer to travel further afield to some of the well-known Cornish restaurants you could head to Padstow and try Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant or Paul Ainsworth's Number 6, Michael Caines The Cove at Maenporth (Falmouth) or The Harbourside Refuge at Portleven, Ben Tunnicliffe's Tolcarne Inn at Newlyn or you could pay a visit to Nathan Outlaws 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 delicious meal at home as Sea Shells and Sea Spray both have wonderful sea views - even from the kitchen - so cooking for family and friends is a pleasure whilst on holiday, and not a chore, and on a warm evening when the suns up al fresco dining is truly delightful.