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Newquay and Fistral Beach on Cornwall's rugged northern coastline is the West Countries beach paradise. Newquay has seven miles of soft, golden sand.


Tolcarne Beach Newquay - relaxing on the sands
Towan Beach - Newquay Cornwall




Newquay Online is designed to be a quick guide to Holidays in Newquay on with details about Things to Do, the local Beaches, Holiday Cottages and B&B accommodation in the area.

Newquay is famous for its night-life, surfing, 11 beaches, and of course it's full range of water sports. The town provides its visitors with a vast variety of excitement, entertainment and choices; explore the cliff tops, walks along one of the superb beaches or visit some of the many attractions in the town or close by.

Newquay Cornwall

Newquay was originally a small village called Towan Blystra- unknown apart from its pilchard catch. The shoals of fish were sighted by the huer perched in the Huer's Hut on the headland - giving rise to the expression "hue and cry" as he shouted to the villagers to direct them to the pilchards of the coastline.

The area, crafted by the actions of the Atlantic Swell and the warming Gulf Stream, is now Cornwall's most popular and liveliest Holiday resort. Newquay, is the West Countries beach paradise, with seven miles of soft, golden sand, it is the UK's major centre for surfing.

Newquay Harbour Cornwall

The warm climate creating a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy in any season. The first warmth of Spring arrives in January in this part of the world and the Summer lingers late into the year.

Newquay has so much to offer, the town, the eleven beaches, and of course a full range of water sports. The town attracts people of all ages and interests.

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Newquay's Beaches

Fistral Beach in Newquay

Fistral  Beach - NewquayFistral Beach NewquayFistral Beach - Newquay

Newquay's magnificent fistral beach is in a west-facing bay! It is also one of Newquay’s biggest beaches and world famous for the many national and international surfing championships it hosts. If the surf is up then locals and holidaymakers alike can be found here all year round.

New facilities available which include showers, lifeguard centre and first aid facilities. Toilets and refreshments are available and dogs permitted. Bus service and disabled access available (North side of Fistral Beach only)

Crantock Beach - NewquayCrantock Beach - NewquayCrantock Beach

The other side of the Pentire Headland from Fistral this wide stretch of golden sand is backed by tufted dunes, offering perfect picnic hollows at high tide or on a breezy day.

To the right the beach meets the River Gannel estuary so to avoid the resulting currents it is advisable to bathe towards the left hand side of this lovely bay. Toilets, refreshments, dogs permitted and local bus service.

 Great Western Beach - Newquay Great Western Beach - NewquayGreat Western Beach - Newquay

Reached by a steep slope leading off Cliff Road beside the Great Western Hotel, or at low tide from the right of the Island this beach is sheltered by high cliffs, which also shade the beach in late afternoon.

Refreshments available, dogs permitted, toilet facilities, disabled access and a local bus service

Holywell BayHolywell Bay

Even at high tide there is plenty of space on this beach. The stream which meanders through the dunes to the shore, provides a natural paddling area for children. At low tide the cave on the north side is accessible where the natrual rock formation has created several basins. This beach became know as Holywell Bay because pilgrims believed this cave contained a source of water with healing properties. Take a torch if you plan to visit the cave and care is needed as the rocks can be slippery. Check the times of high water to eliminate the risk of being cut off by the tide. Refeshments available and restaurant, toilet facilities and local bus services. Dogs are permitted

Lusty GlazeLusty Glaze - Newquay

This beautiful, privately owned cove, just on the outskirts of the town centre, has diversified to cater for visitors throughout the year, whatever the weather. Providing first class wet and dry day facilities, this sheltered beach offers outdoor pursuits for all ages and abilities including childrens activity sessions. Spotlessly clean sand, deep rock pools, excellent water quality and 2004 winner of Best British Beach Loo. Refreshments, restaurant, shop, bar and dogs permitted.


Mawgan Porth Beach

Mawgan Porth Beach

 Great Western Beach - NewquayMorgan Porth BeachMawgan Porth is a large expanse of pale golden sand framed by cliffs and sand dunes offers both space and seclusion.

The hamlet of Mawgan Porth is situated in a lush green valley, where the discerning walker can go inland here, picking up the Vale of Lanherne trail leading to the pretty village of St Mawgan and on through Carnanton Woods to the historic market town of St Columb. Refreshments are available, toilet facilities, local bus service and dogs permitted.

Porth BeachPorth Beach

This is a stunning holiday location with a great familly beach. Porth beach is level with the main coast road - set in a small vally approximately 1.5Km East of Newquay. there is a large carpark opposite the beach - making this small sandy cove is a favourite for those with walking difficulties or families with pushchairs.

Porth beach, can get crowded in high season, so get there early! Porth Island on the eastern side of the beach is the site of an Iron Age settlement - linked to the mainland by a footbridge. Beneath it there are caves which can be explored at low tide and is said were used by smugglers. On Trevelgue Head a pitch and putt course and a small crazy golf can offer a pleasant alternative to sun bathing. When the sea is rough the sight of spray shooting high into the air from the blow hole is spectacular.

The Mermaids Inn is on the Western edge of the beach. The beach is literally the width of a small wall away from you. The Mermaid's has friendly and helpful staff - with great food available. This is the place that "we eat" when we are working in the Newquay area.

Toilets and refreshments are available but dogs are not permitted from 1st April to the end of September. Refreshments available, shop, restaurants, bar, toilet facilities, disabled access and toilets, local bus service. Dogs not permitted.

Adjacent to the main car park is a highly respected Camping and Caravan site that has on site amenities and pitches for all types of caravan, camper and tent. This is a popular site both in terms of the beach location and the quality of the management - people who stay at the site return year after year.

Porth Joke

Known affectionately by locals as Polly Joke, a fifteen minute easy walk from the car park leads you to this little gem nestling between Kesley Head and West Pentire. Dogs allowed.

The GannelThe HarbourThe Gannel

The firm expanse of the sandy river bed exposed at low tide is good for beach games and picnics, especially on the Crantock side, but it is not ideal for swimming because of the river currents. Do take heed of the lifeguard warnings. The Newquay bank can be reached at low tide by a wooden footbridge bringing you out onto the Trenance Boating Lake end of Gannel Road, but at high tide in summer a passenger ferry will take you accross to the Fern Pit Cafe on Riverside Crescent. Rich in rare species of plants and birds, the area around the Gannel is favoured by naturalists. But be aware of the legend of the Gannel Crake! Local bus service.

The HarbourThe GannelThe Harbour Beach Newquay

A busy, friendly little beach in the heart of Newquay - much favoured by locals. Listen to the fishermen as they tell their tales, watch the boats bring home their catch at high tide, usually accompanied by one or two seals, now regular visitors who hope for a piece of the action when the catch is unloaded! Not much space at high tide, but no breakers inside the harbour wall make it popular with small children. Refreshments available, toilet facilities including disabled toilets and dogs permitted.

Tolcarne Beach in NewquayTolcarne Beach Newquay

TolcarneThis privately owned sandy beach in Newquay, is popular for its rows of beach huts which are available for hire. Reached by a flight of steps down the cliff face from Narrowcliff, or a winding slope at the eastern end of the beach, it is favoured by families and surfers alike.

There are refreshments available and restaurant, toilets, but dogs are not permitted. Local bus service.


Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay

Newquays biggest and most spectacular of beaches is 3 miles out of town on the coast road towards Padstow. Your first glimpse of the bay as you come over the top of the hill is one of the most memorable views in Cornwall. There is plenty of parking, very easy access down onto the beach (suitable for the disabled). It is also possible to hire equipment and deckchairs on this beach. Restaurant, refreshments, bar, shop, toilets, local bus service, disabled access and dogs permitted.



The unusal name of this quiet sandy beach was derived from old mining terms Whips and Derrick for, as with most of Cornwall, this area was involved in mining many years ago. Accessed by walking round Porth Island at low tide or steps from the clifftop. The nearest facilities are at Porth. Dogs permitted and local bus service.



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