Porthminster beach is a short level walk from the harbour and town centre, being sheltered by the Island headland, it is ideal for families and provides safe bathing and of course good sand castling. At extreme low tides, you can actually walk from the harbour beach around the headland. Historically, this was the beach mainly used by the Victorians who came by train from Penzance and further a field. The single track railway still passes along the scenic coastline to Carbis Bay and St Erth. There is also a large station car park but for those traveling from out of town, the rail link is recommended.