Wherever you stay in Newquay you will find that you are never too far from the beach. I’ll go into more detail about a few of the individual beaches below but with twelve in Newquay and more just outside there is a whole variety to choose from. We are lucky enough to look out over six of them but even though we have lived here for over a year now, we are still yet to visit them all.
Towan beach is the closest to us. It is only a minutes’ walk away down the steps behind Cliff House. This lovely beach is quite a bit bigger than you might first expect. At low tide the water goes right out past the harbour walls making Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne beach become one large beach that stretches right around the bay. At high tide it is as far in as it can come, crashing over the walls to the old Towan Blystra. Towan is also home to the famous house on the island, which has its own bridge to connect it to land.
Towan beach offers a wide variety of Water Sport activities and has a few different activity centers located at the Harbour. With Towan’s close proximity to the harbour, there is also a variety of fishing trips to choose from daily, whether you’re looking to catch some Mackerel yourself or go on the Sea Safari to Seal Cove, they have you covered.
The harbour itself is also worth a visit. This historic harbour is of course where Newquay got its name. It used to be known as Towan Blystra until the town got a new harbour, or ‘quay’ and then the name came with it. It’s also home to the Newquay RNLI station and you often see the guys and girls who volunteer suiting up ready to go out and help people. With the restaurant, The Boat House, right on the beach nothing feels quite as Cornish as watching the boats float in the harbour whilst enjoying some freshly caught and cooked fish.
Fistral beach has to be one of the most iconic beaches in Newquay. It is also well known as one of the most consistent surfing beaches in the UK. This gorgeous beach has everything you could need, it’s long and sandy backed by sand dunes, rocks and cliffs. It also has all the amenities you could need throughout the day, plenty of restaurants, surf equipment hire/lessons, a car park and cafes.
Fistral beach is also home to some big events and festivals, which if you get the chance you should definitely go to! From Boardmasters to ThunderCat Racing and the IFWA Jet Ski world Championships, it’s never a dull day out at Fistral!
Across the bay from us, Lusty Glaze is one of the few privately owned beaches in Newquay. In 2017 it was given the title of Beach Of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times. For a more quiet and relaxed day out Lusty is the place to go. Time spent at this wonderfully sheltered cove is always going to be time well spent.
While it is such a peaceful and relaxing beach, you won’t get bored. At the heart of Lusty is the Bar and Restaurant area, with a wide range of shops close by. If you’re interested in a bit more of an adventurous day out then the activity centre located down on the sand offers a wide variety of both water and cliff-based activities. From surfing to jet-skis to abseiling and so much more.
Watergate Bay Beach is around 3 miles from Newquay, so its not technically in Newquay but it deserves a mention anyway. We and many of our guests have made an afternoon out of walking to Watergate Bay from Newquay and back. It takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Although it is quite a strenuous with many hills to go up and down it is a really lovely walk with gorgeous scenery.
At low tide this glorious beach offers two miles of golden sands. It is a large and open bay, meaning that it frequently picks up swell from the Atlantic. This results in enormous waves rolling in, which is extremely popular with both the surfers and the kite surfers. Watergate also has a really good variety of restaurants, Jamie Oliver has his Fifteen restaurant, alongside WAX and The Beach Hut. There’s also a few different surf shops and places to get some lessons!