Year of 2017

Porthminster Beach and St. Ives, Cornwall, England

Until a railway connection in 1877 made it possible for Victorian vacationers to visit Porthminster Beach, the economy of St. Ives, Cornwall, depended on fishing. Today it’s a resort town that draws visitors from around the UK and abroad. If you get out to the beach at dawn, when this photo was taken, you may be able to find a good spot on the sand for your beach blanket. It gets crowded on sunny days.

St Ives is a seaside town, 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. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis, and the town is now primarily a popular seaside resort, notably achieving the title of 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. It was named best seaside town of 2007 by The Guardian newspaper. It should not be confused with St Ive, a village and civil parish in south-east Cornwall.