The Harbour beach of St Ives is also the town centre and hub of the community, for centuries this has been the heart of industry generating life and wealth for the habitants, firstly from fishing and more recently offering holiday accommodation for the holiday visitor to Cornwall. The Wharf is the name of the area surrounding the harbour, this has a wealth of restaurants and bars, you can also find some of the best pasties in Cornwall although be careful not to lose them to the seagulls. The harbour is tidal and once the clear waters recede, the soft sandy beach is revealed.