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Listed under Beaches in West Country, United Kingdom.

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Tucked behind a rocky promontory called The Island near the village of St Ives, Porthmeor is one of the foremost surfing beaches in Cornwall. Sheer granite and greenstone cliffs to north and south make up this rugged section of the Heritage Coast, together with secluded coves and long golden sandy beaches.

St Ives was once the largest fishing port in Penwith, but the town is now more famous for new Tate Gallery. There are rock pools on both sides of the beach which are well worth exploring, and basking sharks, grey seals, bottlenose dolphins, sunfish and the occasional fin whale can all be spotted from the numerous coastal paths.

Written by  Thomas Bell.

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