My wife and I visited St Ives yesterday and after a frustrating period of trying to find a parking space in the some many car parks around the town, we saw a sign offering parking and a 'park and ride' service from St Ives Rugby Football Club so went to check it out and found it to be an absolute winner!
Parked up straight away and boarded a waiting bus which set off immediately for a 5 minute journey to Porthmeor Beach the ride offering what the driver described as the best approach views of all the directions, and he was right.
Dropped us right by the beach and you return from the same point.
Service has 3 buses which run every 15 minutes up until 8pm (don't know what time it starts). £5 a day to park (£3 after 4pm) & £1 per head on the bus.
The driver told us there is always space available to park as the land they have is extensive. Driver was extremely helpful and informative, I wish I'd have got his name to give him a mention here.