St Ives is blessed with some of the best beaches in the country winning Blue Flag awards every year, one unusual feature is that the four main beaches of Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Harbour Beach and Porthminster all face different directions offering a variety of attractions such as surfing, sailing, diving, or paddling. St Ives is surrounded by miles of magnificent coastal scenery, tranquil subtropical gardens due to the gulf stream and the micro climate that is unique to West Cornwall. Warm summers and mild winters entice visitors to St Ives throughout the year.