Clearest water in South West of England

Cornwall, UK’s county of tourism. You might disagree as London, Liverpool, and other areas are where tourists go to.. BUT hear me out! Cornwall is also where tourists visit as it provides beautiful nature sceneries in the summer.

This post is about the gorgeous St. Ives!


The photos below are what you will encounter before reaching the main beach. They’ve got almost like a barrier to block out half of the beach and behind it is where boats park. You purchase fishing tour in the centre area of the town from £18 – 40 for couple hours, there will be lots of mini booths promoting these tours so you can pick whichever one you fancy!




And this is the beach I mentioned earlier! I kid you not, the colour of the water was literally a gradient of turquoise green and deep blue, it was unbelievable! Such a place for you to relax and enjoy a lovely weather!

However beside these lovely sights, Cornwall is known for its nature and inconvenient transportation so rent or bring a car down if you want to have a visit and be prepared for a mini mountain climbing if you want to reach the beach.


The above picture is one of them, but this one is for adventurous people who love exceptional views! For me… I decided to take it a little bit easy and go for the one below instead!



If you fancy swimming or paddle boarding, you can easily rent sweatsuits and paddle boards from a small shop that provides swim wears and equipment. Each item can be hired for £6 – 8 an hour. Oh by the way, you need to have cash with you, as this is the only shop that doesn’t take cards.

Just warning you that no matter how warm it is on the shore, the water will be the opposite, it’s a bit strange like that in Cornwall. When we went in the water, OH MY GOD it was so cold! Luckily we hired sweatsuits so we were fine, therefore I definitely recommend hiring out those!

I’ve never paddle board before in my life so I decided to give it a go, and MAN IT WAS HARD! I got carried away by the wave into the opposite direction that I was going so many times that the shop had to send a rescue team to get me back!

Anyways.. I survived, otherwise I wouldn’t be here writing a blog post for you guys! haha

Of course, everyone has to regain some energy after a fun activity so we went to this place for food!



Rum & Crab Shack is the must-go place in St. Ives, it’s mainly a restaurant but also a pub. Their rum was quite good, hence their name.


We ordered 2 burgers, crab taco, lobster mac&cheese and they were DELISH! I really recommend crab taco as you can taste the freshness of the seafood, and if you squeeze some lemon on it.. YUMMY! It was around £9.5, I consider the price quite good for the food that I got.

Thank you so much for reading I hope you guys enjoy it! Like this post if you think it’s great and comment down below if you’ve been to St. Ives as well! And please share your experience with me in the comment about your experience in Cornwall as I love hearing you guys!


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33 thoughts on “Clearest water in South West of England

  1. Miranda Knudtson May 26, 2017 — 3:45 pm

    Love the images of the ocean; they are gorgeous! I’ve never been paddle boarding, but all the pictures I see makes it look so easy! I’m sure my first experience will end up like yours, haha. Glad you survived! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Haha as long as where you will be paddle boarding doesn’t have strong wind, you’ll be fine 😄


  2. That water really is a beautiful shade of Turquoise! I would love to visit St. Ives!

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    1. You definitely should, it’s such a beautiful place!


  3. Amazing inspiration. I always forget that the UK has such a beautiful coastal region!

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    1. Thank you! It does happen since people usually go for bigger cities rather than somewhere down south like Cornwall as you have to drive for hours!


  4. That water looks so clear! I can’t believe I can see the shadows in the water! I’ve been wanting to visit Cornwall for awhile and this seals the deal! Gotta make this happen! I really want to do a fishing tour there!

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad my post is helpful to you! You definitely should, and once you do don’t forget to share your experience!


  5. We were in Devon a couple months ago, right near Cornwall, but the water was not that turquoise. It’s gorgeous! I would love to paddleboard there. And the food looks really good, especially that lobster mac and cheese!

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    1. Thank you so much! St. Ives is so gorgeous you won’t be disappointed! And I really recommend the Mac and cheese, it’s totally yummy! 😋


  6. St Ives looks beautiful. i have heard a lot about it but I have never been yet. I have never tried crab but your food looks delicious so I would give it a try here for sure

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    1. Don’t forget to share your experience, I definitely want to hear about your visit!


  7. Turquoise water is my weakness and I would really love to go there. Rum & Crab Shack has nice rustic decor. You have explained very nicely about how to rent swim-wears.

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    1. You definitely should go there! And thank you! 😄❤

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  8. I like that the beach was not that crowded. I haven’t done paddle boarding too but by the looks of it, I think you really need to have a good balance….which I don’t have. 🙂

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    1. It wasn’t crowded at all which made our experience quite lovely! Don’t worry I didn’t either but I still went for it, if you ever want to try it I definitely recommend it!


  9. Prerna_Malhan May 29, 2017 — 7:23 pm

    Yes, Cornwall is new to me! never heard about it before but now it’s definitely on the list since its not crowded! and we love such places! 🙂

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    1. It’s not crowded in the beach area, you’ll love it! 😄


  10. It reminds me of the Gulf water! Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful it is!

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    1. Thank you! 😄 Glad my pictures can tell people how beautiful the place is!


  11. The water looks so blue! So lovely!!

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    1. It really is! Couldn’t get my eyes off of the water! 😍

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      1. So amazing!!!! Definitely want to go visit!!

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      2. You definitely should! South West is really beautiful in the summer!

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      3. Yes !! I do! for now!

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      4. That’s cool! This place is about couple hours away from London!

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      5. great!! will definitely go then!!

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  12. Just the place I need to visit🙂 clear waters, sunshine, exploring….St.Ives seems amazing!

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    1. It really is! We loved this place so much!

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  13. Oh I’m sure. What was there not to love😄

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