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Newquay Beaches

Newquay Beach Guide

The surf capital of the UK, Newquay boasts 11 golden beaches with recreational facilities for sun worshippers, families and serious surfers. There are roads down to Towan, Great Western & Tolcarne and steep steps down to Lusty Glaze Beach. To the West of the town there is also Fistral Beach. Hollywell Bay, Crantock and Watergate are just on the outskirts of Newquay. To give you some idea of the surf conditions, you can view our Newquay surf cams. To view photos and details of facilities for all the main beaches in Cornwall visit the Cornwall Beach Guide or the Good Beach Guide.

Fistral Beach

Fistral is Newquay's most popular and largest beach. Fistral has some of the best surfing conditions in Europe, making Newquay famous as a surfing centre.

Towan Beach

Towan is the closest beach to Newquay town centre. At low tide, it can be accessed from the harbour by steps leading down from the far end of the quay.

Great Western Beach

Reached by a steep slope leading off Cliff Road beside the Great Western Hotel, Great Western is sheltered by high cliffs. It is great place to learn to ride the waves, however, high tides cover most of the sand, so make sure you know the tide times.

Tolcarne Beach

Tolcarne is one the most popular family beaches in Newquay with beach huts for hire. A short walk from the town, it can be reached by a flight of steps down the cliff face from Narrowcliff. The westerly aspect makes Tolcarne a good surfing beach.

Lusty Glaze Beach

Lusty Glaze is a privately owned beach and cove with beautiful golden sands sheltered by dramatic 200ft cliffs. It is home to The Adventure Centre with a range of adrenaline fuelled beach activities, family facilities and the beach restaurant.

Porth Beach

Porth beach is a large expanse of golden sand, very popular with families and swimmers due to the safe bathing in the sheltered cove. Porth is level with the road and has a car park on the beach.

Watergate Bay Beach

Newquay's biggest and most spectacular of beaches is 3 miles out of Newquay. A popular surfing beach with excellent facilities and beachside restaurants including Jamie Oliver's Fifteen and The Extreme Academy.

Crantock Beach

Crantock is a popular north west facing beach with a huge expanse of sand at low tide. The beach is named after the nearby village of Crantock – 2 miles walk along the coastal path from Newquay's town centre. River Gannel enters the sea here, beware of currents.

Holywell Bay

Popular with families and surfers, Holywell Bay is a west facing fairly level beach, with large sand dunes and a small stream making up the back of the beach.


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