St. Ives in England can be an awesome summer destination. The town is located in Cornwall, England and is popular with surfers and artists alike.
The coastal town offers that quaint feeling while still having a lot of opportunities to explore in the area. There are many beaches in the area thanks to the fact that the town juts into the sea.
Porthmeor Beach offers a temperament good for both swimmers and surfers and is, therefore, one of the more popular beaches in the area. The beach also happens to point West, which means it gets some spectacular sunsets.
The actual town of St. Ives has tons of twisting alley streets which feel extremely European and are great for exploring. There are plenty of locations to stay that are close enough to the beach that you can hear the surf crash at night.