Newquay Beaches

Newquay has a wealth of free natural resources to be enjoyed by all including an amazing ten Newquay beaches to choose from, and they are yours to enjoy with your friends and family as much as you like. Fistral Beach the most famous of the Newquay beaches which is famous for it’s International class Surfing, Little Fistral, The Harbour ideal for families, fishing trips or launching your own craft, Towan Beach, Great Western Beach, Tolcarne Beach, Lusty Glaze Beach for the adrenalin types, Porth Beach, Whipsiderry Beach and Watergate Bay for Surfing, Kite Surfing and more.



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Newquay is renowned for having the finest beaches in Britain. Brushed by pure Atlantic Ocean across miles of finest golden sand, Newquay is Britain’s answer to paradise located on the North coast in the beautiful pure Atlantic Ocean, where people live freely and space is not a problem, but a blessing. Experience a new way of life away from the hassles of city life, where people smile and laugh aloud as they relax and enjoy the UK’s favourite holiday resort, Newquay.


Explore our Newquay beaches guide and find out about our many beautiful and varied beaches within a small radius right here in Newquay, but please remember to take care and be safe in the water on Newquay beaches and always obey the life guard’s instructions and don’t do anything stupid. HAVE FUN AND ENJOY LIFE!





Fistral Beach
Fistral can be divided into 3 areas: main Fistral, south Fistral and little Fistral. Main Fistral and south Fistral are joined together and are aesthetically similar having a wide stretch of golden sand. Like all of Newquay’s beaches the tide goes out a long way creating plenty of space for various games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. At each end of these beaches there are rocky aspects producing many fascinating rock pools at low tide, the most popular Newquay beaches.



At the back of Fistral is the foot path linking the 2 ends of the beach which runs between Newquay golf course and the sand dunes. The dunes are a protected area having fences to protect the delicate wild life that the grasses support. During the peak season there is a surf village in the main Fistral car park to promote the major surf competitions creating a lively atmosphere; the Radio 1 Road Show is held here in August and at certain times there are live bands playing in this area of Newquay beaches.



Amenities: Shop, Cafe & Takeaway, Surf hire, Surf school, British Surfing Association unit, Lifeguard unit. Top





Little Fistral
Little Fistral one of the smaller Newquay beaches is a small cove and has a completely different feel, it is very rocky and the sand is coarse under foot. Rocks jutting out into the sea separate this beach from the main beach, and at its headland (Towan headland) is the famous “Cribba”, Britain’s largest rideable wave which has only been ridden by a few surfers. Overlooking Little Fistral is the Old Lifeboat House, which is now an art gallery. Top





The Harbour
As the name suggests, this beach of the Newquay beaches is located in the Harbour. It is a small sandy beach being a great suntrap due to its sheltered position, and perhaps a little quieter that other Newquay beaches. It is a working Harbour with fishing boats arriving with their catch, usually closely followed by our Newquay beaches resident seals in search of a handout. Also when the tide is high, you may see local children jumping off the Harbour wall – not for the faint hearted.



Amenities: Beach Shop, RNLI Headquarters & Museum with Boat display, Fishing trips, small playground. Top





Towan Beach
Towan beach is next to the Harbour, being a very popular one of the Newquay beaches, a sandy beach complete with a sea water pool. It is the most sheltered beach and has restrictions on surfing in the summer due to its popularity, the sea is calmer here, more suitable for bathers. On the promenade you will find the “Sea Life Centre”, and connected by suspension bridge is the “Island” where you will find tea rooms.



Amenities: Sea Life Centre, Shop, Surf & Deck chair hire, Lifeguard unit. Top





Great Western Beach
Another popular Newquay beaches town beach, this is an excellent beach to learn to surf with a good surf school based here. High cliffs can block out late afternoon sun, and high tides cover most of the sand.



Amenities: Surf hire, Lifeguard unit, Shop. Top





Tolcarne Beach
This beach is very popular with Newquay beaches boogie boarders, especially at high tide where the waves break close to the shoreline. It is a large sandy beach which enjoys the sun all day and is sheltered so popular with sunbathers. The beach has a distinctive appearance due to its array of different coloured beach huts available for hire; there is also a roadside promenade which overlooks the beach and has spectacular views of the coast.



Amenities: Pitch & putt, Cafe & Shop, Surf school & hire, Cabins, Lifeguard unit. Top





Lusty Glaze Beach
This is very much an activity beach, with its own outdoor training facility and it is the home of the National Lifeguard training centre. There are large cliffs surrounding this beach and access is via steep steps.



Amenities: Surf hire, Shop. Top





Porth Beach
This is a large beautiful beach with a river flowing through it. It is one of the Newquay beaches ideal for families with young children due to its shallow sloping nature , and at high tide the sea remains shallow for a good distance making it ideal for swimming. There is a gully that connects Porth to Whipsiderry beach which is accessible at low tide. At high tide when the waves are big, the gully acts like a geezer funneling water upwards which can be quite spectacular.



Amenities: Shops, Cafe & Takeaway, Pub, Lifeguard unit. Top





Whipsiderry Beach
Access to this beach is via very steep steps but it can be worth the effort. This is a quiet beach and does not have a lifeguard in attendance, therefore care needs to be taken to observe the local warning signs regarding times of tide changes. There are wonderful views of Newquay bay from this beach.



No amenities. No lifeguard. Not recommended for children. Top





Watergate Bay
Great sandy beach which stretches for miles at low tide, a superb beach for activities and sunbathing due to its broad expanse. It has good shops and a restaurant on the beach front – nice for watching the sunset whilst sampling nachos and a pina colada! Although there are 2 large car parks they can become full at the height of the season.



Amenities: Lifeguard, Restaurant, Surf School & Hire, toilets, car park etc. Top



When using the beaches please do take care, especially when you have children with you. Most amenities on Newquay beaches are seasonal so always check what services are available and obey the signs and Lifeguards instructions, stay safe and have fun!

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