Porthminster is St Ives' second largest beach, but is quite different from the largest, Porthmeor. It is far more sheltered and set against a backdrop of the greenery of lawns and wooded slopes. The 0.8 km (0.5 mi) stretch of golden sands and calm, clean waters are safe for swimming and have earned it both a Blue Flag Award and a recommendation from the Marine Conservation Society. Seals are often seen in the bay itself while a more constant view is that of the Godrevy Lighthouse. Cliff top walks along the South West Coast Path lead to Carbis Bay and Lelant.