Saint Ives, Cornwall, UK

Saint Ives, Cornwall, UK

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Live the low-key local life on the English coast

Formerly a fishing harbor, St. Ives has since become the center of the arts scene in this part of England. Enjoying the charming town center gives instant insight into why the area has served as an artistic inspiration for so many. Head to Portminster Beach for prime views of Godrevy Lighthouse, which once inspired writer Virginia Woolf, or eye up the colourful fishing boats that still dot the harbor. Best of all, simply enjoy life from your St. Ives vacation rental, slowing things down to match the laid-back speed of the locals.

Spend the day in Downlong, or see if the surf's up

A visit to "Downlong," the local nickname for Harbor Beach, is a must, if only to enjoy the fishing community that is still considered the heart of St. Ives. Take a boat ride out into the sea to Seal Island, where you'll find plenty of these funny, furry creatures sunning themselves on rocks. If the weather allows, a day at the beach should most certainly be in order—whether you're building sandcastles with the kids, splashing in the natural rock pools, or taking a surf lesson from 1 of the local schools.

All houses should come with tranquil gardens

St. Ives boasts a variety of galleries along its charming cobbled streets, but none are as notable as Tate St Ives, an outpost of London's renowned Tate galleries. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is equally worthy of a visit, both to see the works of 1 of the world's leading 20th-century artists, and to enjoy the tranquil gardens. Visit the St. Ives Museum in Downlong for a glimpse into the history and local life in St. Ives, and pick up some knowledge to impress your pals back at your St. Ives vacation rental.

Summers bring the crowds, while autumn brings the clouds

Cornwall is busiest in July and August, lining up with the U.K. school break. St. Ives vacation rental prices are likely to align with the tourism surge, but rates are generally lower in May, June, and September. The days are still long and bright, making these ideal months to visit. October through February is cold and rainy, but there's an allure to finding a cozy, storied pub in gloomy weather, so don't let this put you off. If you're fine with missing out on long days at the beach, spring is a perfectly pleasant time to visit, too.

Where rugged coastlines meet serene beach scenes

Nestled into the western shore of St. Ives Bay, the harbor of St. Ives is sheltered by St. Ives Island and Smeaton's Pier. St. Ives features 4 beaches, all with different characteristics. Surfers can catch the waves at Porthmeor, while Porthgwidden features a small, sandy cove. Harbor Beach, locally called Downlong, is still a working port, and Porthminster stretches for almost half a mile of sand. There are a few small islands in St. Ives Bay, where boats can take you to spot wildlife, from dolphins swimming past to seals who sun themsleves on the rocks.