Cocoon yourself in the calm, Caribbean-esqe beauty of Carbis Bay, with its white-sands, plethora of water sports and sprinkling of beach restaurants infused with a cool, coastal vibe. Nudging the arty hub of St Ives, you can hop into town on the coastal railway, or take an easy mile-long walk along the coast path to the impossibly quaint harbour that’s become so popular with tourists. Once you’ve mopped up St Ives’ gargantuan platter of art, culture and foodie gems, it can be a sweet relief to slink back to the more serene beach scene of Carbis Bay. A small village on the outskirts of St Ives, Lelant Saltings is within easy reach of St Ives’ bounty, yet comes with none of the parking problems and holiday crowds of its neighbour. Not only can you hop on the coastal railway and be in the heart of St Ives within minutes, you’ve got beach life bang on the doorstep at Carbis Bay and Porthkidney Sands, while the three-mile St Ives Bay reels from the estuary in view. Also, based close to Cornwall’s main artery, you’re in a convenient location to get behind the wheel and explore some of the county’s other attractions from Penzance to Porthcurno.