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By far the prettiest of Cornwall's beaches, if not the best in the country, Carbis Bay is a true delight. Soft golden sands and relaxing hotel vistas provide a sumptuously relaxing setting. Of course, there's plenty of action for holidaymakers, too, from the bustling and arty St Ives to renowned surfing and hiking hotspots. So, if you're searching for the perfect British beachbound retreat, you’ll find it at Carbis Bay.

The top 5 things to do in Carbis Bay

1. Hit the Beach

Carbis Bay Hotel
Carbis Bay boasts a luxurious beach that's world-recognised for its cleanliness and beauty. Perfect for swimming, the quiet bay has shallow shores and barely any surf, making it ideal for little ones. Other fine sandy beaches are found in the vicinity, too, from delightful Gwithian to Godrevy Towans.

2. Tate St Ives

The Gannet Inn
St Ives' prestigious art gallery commemorates the modern artists that made this seaside town their home. You'll discover a fine collection of masterpieces by well-known artists like Hepworth, Nicholson and Frost. Aside from the art, Tate's cafe boasts unmissable views across the beach.

3. Chapel of St Nicholas

This humble little chapel is among the region's greatest treasures. Built before the 14th century, this tiny medieval church is the oldest in St Ives. It's perched at the end of St Ives as a guard against smugglers and pirates.

4. Seal Island

Wildlife fans should charter a tour boat from St Ives to this rocky islet. Home to a colony of Atlantic grey seals, the natives are now used to the boats of human onlookers. Other highlights of this boat trip include scenes of centuries-old shipwrecks and the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse.

5. Coastal Walks

The Headland Hotel & Cottages 4*
Carbis Bay is surrounded by some of Cornwall’s most sublime walks. The South West Coast Path runs through the village and around the tip of the whole Cornish peninsula. Other noted trails include St Michael's Way, a pilgrimage walk from St Ives to St Michael's Mount.

Our best hotels in Carbis Bay

1. Carbis Bay Hotel

Carbis Bay Hotel
Enjoy direct beach access from this stunning seafront hotel with sumptuous ocean vistas from all corners of its grounds. Guests can make use of a delightful terraced pool or indulge in the hotel’s award-winning spa. Multiple dining options round off the experience with menus sourced from the immediate vicinity.

2. The Gannet Inn

The Gannet Inn
This stylish country-inspired hotel rests in the centre of Carbis Bay village. Just a short walk from the beach, guests have access to the sumptuous facilities of the Carbis Bay hotel. The interiors showcase an elegant blend of cool nautical blues and fine antique furniture.

3. St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa 4*

St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa 4*
Escape to St Ives, Cornwall's quirky, artistic heart. This perfectly placed hotel offers stunning views of Porthminster Beach, a short walk from Carbis Bay. The interiors are elegantly furnished with classic floral patterns and décor. Guests have access to a luxury spa and fine dining options.

4. The Land's End Hotel 3*

The Land's End Hotel 3*
Head to mainland England’s westernmost point with this breathtaking seafront escape. The modern interiors are a true delight, with luxury en-suite bathrooms and cosy corners to escape to. The on-site restaurant overlooks the surrounding coastline and serves up the best in Cornish produce.

5. The Headland Hotel & Cottages 4*

The Headland Hotel & Cottages 4*
East of Carbis Bay and St Ives is the bustling town of Newquay and this majestic Victorian hotel. Perched on a cliff edge overlooking the sea, the hotel boasts several restaurants, a spa and a 9-hole golf course. Guests can opt for the luxury ocean and coast-view rooms or book an award-winning cottage for longer stays.

When is the best time to go on holiday in Carbis Bay


Carbis Bay is a popular beachbound destination all year round. The peak season is from July to August when the weather is at its best. Beaches and key attractions around Carbis Bay, like St Ives, tend to get crowded, particularly on the weekend. To avoid these larger crowds, May and June are equally alluring with warm weather and clear skies. Furthermore, wildflowers and tropical gardens bloom with colour. Out-of-season deals can be found elsewhere, but prepare for crisp weather and wind along the coast. Winter is very quiet, but nearby St Ives gets festive with delightful lights and cultural events.

Going on holiday in Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay is easy to get to with good road and rail links. The closest airports are in Newquay and Bristol, though London’s links are far more convenient. Carbis Bay is part of the St Ives railway line, which branches off from St Erth. As such, you can get trains from across the UK, including London Paddington and Bristol. Most tourists, however, arrive in Carbis Bay by car. Carbis Bay is easily accessible via the M5 motorway towards Exeter. For travel within the region, cars are an invaluable means of exploration. You can avoid the congestion of nearby St Ives by taking advantage of the local park and ride.

Enjoy your holiday in Carbis Bay

The Gannet Inn
Carbis Bay is an ideal retreat for souls in search of beachside relaxation. It’s got quiet shores and world-class dining options to satisfy the most discerning of guests. Families, in particular, can take advantage of the region’s prized sea swimming and golden sandy shores. What’s more, the region is among the top romantic weekend breaks in Cornwall. Prized dining overlooking the coast and shimmering stars makes for exceptional evenings. Nearby St Ives is bursting with life, so you’re never short on fun day activities. More active holidaymakers, in groups or families, can try their hand at surfing, kayaking or hiking.

The Voyage Privé travel expert’s opinion on Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay is a small beachside region with a big reputation. Regarded as one of Cornwall’s best beaches, it’s remarkably quiet compared to other popular spots. Still, you’re never far from cultural wonders in St Ives, just 1 mile away. Our Carbis Bay-based hotels are the perfect way to experience this serene region. Enjoy waterfront dining with locally sourced seafood overlooking the bay’s sandy arcs.

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