What are the top beaches at Newquay?

Beaches in Newquay worth a trip

Golden sandy beaches gracefully dot the Newquay coastline, home to some of the best sandy beaches, and a crown of Cornwall. Besides being a fishing port, it has become popular as a tourist destination due to its strategic location on the North Atlantic Coast. If you are searching for a perfect place to relax on the beach, kick back, and explore the beautiful coast, look no further.

  1. Crantock Beach
  2. Fistral Beach
  3. Porth Beach
  4. Towan Beach
  5. Great Western Beach
  6. Lusty Glaze Beach

Active and adventurous travellers also have their fix with surfing and numerous other water activities on the beaches in Newquay. Most of the beaches near Newquay are family-oriented, promising unparalleled fun for the entire family, including their four-legged friends. Here is a comprehensive guide for the best of these.

1. Crantock Beach

Are you looking for a place where peace and quietness are assured? Crantock beach promises all that and more. It offers glorious coastal scenery to watch the world go by and tremendous relaxation. The entire family's fun is guaranteed as the beach has life guards, and the water is gentle enough to accommodate kids. With great expanses of golden sands at low tide, it provides perfect fun where you can explore fun activities in caves, explore rock pools, and search for starfish and crabs. After a stroll on the beach, you may unwind at a pub on site. It is one of the beaches of Newquay that is a paddle boarders haven. Besides sunbathing, you can also try out some paddling activities and ride the waves.

Best for: Camping site, great for dogs all year round

Don't miss: The pub on top of the cliff

2. Fistral Beach

Fistral is a surfer's and sun worshipper's paradise. It is a great family beach with an expansive stretch of golden sand and jewel blue sea where a combined fun of sea, sand, and surf are a guarantee. It is home to all UK surf competitions such as the National Surf Competitions and the Board Masters Surf Competitions. If you wish to take up surfing as a sport, this is the ideal place to hone your skills as there are opportunities on the shore to try out surf lessons with established surfers. Other seafront facilities include boutiques, toilets, shower rooms, cafes, restaurants, and car parks. Safety is assured as a top-of-the-line RNLI Lifeguard Station for the beach lifeguards is on location.

Best for: Surfing and bodyboarding

Don't miss: Stein fish and chips bar

3. Porth Beach

This dog-friendly beach is an incredible family getaway with easy access. It is a kid's paradise due to the sheltered, soft sand and rock pool galore, an island with a wooden bridge across to it, and a stream flowing down the shoreline. The long stretch of sandy shore and low tide makes it perfect for gentle walks and an incredible view during the sunrise or sunset. A couple of yards away is the cliff-top area where a panoramic view of the beach and uninterrupted horizons is available. There are lifeguards on patrol from May to September making the Porth beach safe for bodyboarding and swimming. Generally, it is an excellent beach for running, walking and playing, and exploring the surrounding hills.

Best for: Caravan holidays, touring, camping

Don't miss: Sunbathing on the flat golden sand

4. Towan Beach

Town Beach is one of the liveliest and most central beaches around Newquay. The small waves it generates make it ideal for amateur surfers, while its calm waters offer a safe environment for a swim on a hot day. The perfect size of both rocky areas and sand makes it quite popular with families and surfers. One of the beach's iconic features is the Blue Reef Aquarium, which is fascinating for both young and old. The water activities available include fishing, diving, paddleboarding, coasteering, boat trips, and kayaking. The beach is also dog-friendly and also has a lifeguard service to meet all safety needs.

Best for: A wide range of sport activities

Don't miss: Jogo’s Island, the suspension bridge

5. Great Western Beach

Close to the heart of Newquay is this award-winning and quiet beach that is popular with families and surfers alike. Access is mainly via a steep winding path beside the Great Western Hotel or walking over the Towan beach and past the island. Kids will love exploring caves and the rockpools while you wait for low tide so you can walk to the neighbouring beaches. Regarded as Newquay's original surfing beach, this lifeguarded beach has the loveliest blue water with sand and water that is always so clear. Besides offering disabled access, other beach facilities include deck chairs and surfboard hire, cafes, toilets, and lifeguard cover during summer.

Best for: Surfers and family outing

Don't miss: Caves and rockpools, pool pub

6. Lusty Glaze Beach

This multiple award-winning, family-oriented, and dog-friendly beach is just a 15-minute walk from Newquay, with the station, airport, and A30 just a 15-minute drive away. Sand, surf, and sky combine to ensure ultimate fun, with food to match comprising the freshest seafood and so much more. Good quality wetsuits and surfboards are available on hire if you want to indulge in water activities. The cottages on site are well-maintained, large and spacious to accommodate the whole family. Whatever the weather, the beach promises an excellent view while you sit on the terrace sunbathing in summer or as you get cosy by a log burner during winter.

Best for: Surfing lessons, jet skiing, and zip wire

Don't miss: The season, and super tasty seasonal specials

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