One of the most popular seaside towns in the country.
Popular for its vast beaches from Crantock to the south of Newquay and Watergate Bay to the north
Crantock Beach with Gannel Estuary
Crantock beach is owned and looked after by the National Trust and is situated between Pentire and West Pentire Headlands, golden sands and dunes. A lovely family beach popular for swimming, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. There are cafes, toilets and car park.
Overlooked by the iconic Headland Hotel, the beach is situated between two headlands that funnels in the powerful waves making it the world famous Fistral beach, well known for surfing hosting the festival Boardmasters, held in August. There is a complex of retail shops, restaurants and bars, toilets and car park.
Newquay harbour is how Newquay got its name. Relax on the small beach watching the fishing boats bringing home their catch or enjoy a fishing trip. Also at times, you’ll see the gigs racing for the Harbour. There is a restaurant on the beach, rowing club, the lifeboat station and water sport activities.
Towan Beach with Island
Found in the centre of town below the Killacourt, is this sandy beach with rock pools. It is sheltered by Towan Head making it an ideal beach for novice surfers and families. You will find the Island house and Blue Reef Aquarium right on the beach with cafes and toilets on the promenade, parking can be found in the town centre car parks.
Great Western Beach
Another popular family beach at the base of high cliffs below the Great Western Hotel. At low tide, a vast expanse of golden sand is created and Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne beaches merge into one. It benefits from moderate Atlantic swells ideal for novice surfers. Cafes and toilets can be found on the slope and it is only 2 minutes walk from town with parking nearby.
Tolcarne Beach is situated below the Barrowfields and Cliff Road, close to the town centre. It is accessed via steps or a slope and is nestled at the base of the cliffs in a crescent shape, offering soft sand, ideal for swimming, family surfing or bodyboarding and rock pools to explore at low tide. Tolcarne beach also offers accommodation, beach huts, restaurant, cafe and shops with plenty of organised activities and beach hire.
Lusty Glaze Beach
Steps lead down to a lovely sheltered sandy cove recently being crowned Britain’s Best Beach by The Sunday Times. It caters for sunbathers, adrenaline junkies offering activities from surfing to abseiling and much more in between. The bar and restaurant are at the heart of the resort ideal for relaxing with gorgeous sea views and sunsets with live music. Lusty Glaze also offers holiday accommodation.
Porth Beach and Island
Porth Beach is a narrow, shallow, sandy beach sheltered by headlands on both sides and ideal for families with no surfing permitted during the summer months. To the east, you will find Trevelgue Head also known as Porth Island which is accessed by a narrow footbridge, on the island you will find remains of a settlement and at the end of the island a blow hole which can be seen at mid tide and has spectacular views toward Newquay Bay. There are cafes, a pub, toilets and limit parking on the beach. No dogs allowed between Easter and September.
A quiet and secluded beach accessed via steep steps but well worth the visit especially at low tide, when you can explore the caves and rock pools, sheltered and ideal for sunbathing.
Watergate Bay Beach
A large open bay with a large expanse of fine golden sand and azure sea, stretching for over 2 miles, popular with families, surfers and activity lovers of all ages and abilities. There are two beachside car parks, a pub, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, beachside cafe and shop