The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

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St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

Low tide at St Ives

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town voted by the British Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011.  A civil parish and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing.

Huge seagulls

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


These are the biggest seagulls I have ever seen, twice the size of their Australian cousins. If you are eating fish & chips on the beach make sure you have a loaded shotgun beside you.  😆

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


If you are staying at a hotel or guest house you will probably have to leave your car on the outskirts of town. The streets are so narrow you can barely get a small car through them.

Narrow streets in St Ives

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


St Ives really is a hidden gem, put it on your bucket list.

St Ives best seaside town.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


In former times St Ives was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis and the town is now primarily a popular holiday resort, notably achieving the award ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. St Ives was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1639. St Ives has become renowned for its number of artists. 

Low Tide

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


St Ives was named best seaside town of 2007 by the Guardian newspaper.

The beach at St Ives best seaside town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


St Ives is situated on the shore of St Ives Bay, its harbour sheltered by Smeaton’s pier. Close to the harbour, its streets are narrow and uneven while its wider streets are in the newer parts of the town on rising ground. The town has four beaches: Porthmeor a surfing beach, Porthgwidden a small sandy cove, Harbour by the working port and Porthminster which has almost half a mile of sand. 

Lots of restaurants in St Ives.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


The town has an Oceanic climate and has some of the mildest winters and warmest summers in Britain and Northern Europe.

The Hub

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


It is a very popular tourist resort in the summer, and benefits from an average of 1700–2000 hours of sunshine a year.

Lots of chairs overlooking the beach

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


Just sit back and enjoy the view of  St Ives best Seaside Town.

Soak up the sun

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


Blue sky, big seagulls, nice sand & plenty of restaurants.

The Stooge Inn

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


There are many great little places to stay in this wonderful seaside village, I got a great price through this link.

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Lunch with red wine.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town


Here I am having lunch with Bill Austin, my English friend from Wiltshire, thanks for visiting my St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town photo blog, I certainly agree with the title St Ives best seaside town.

Check out some very good St Ives hotel rates here.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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