The surf capital of England, with five excellent surfing beaches it's no wonder why experienced surfers flock to this beach. Fistral Beach is regarded as having the best beach break in England. Newquay has hosted a number of major surfing championships, including the Relentless Boardmasters Festival, which mixes Surfing, Skating and music into a packed weekend at Newquay.
Whether you want to swim, sunbathe or surf, Newquay with its 4 great beaches caters for all.
Towan Beach The Beaches
The smooth sandy beach of Towan, with the dominating sea stack is a popular swimming beach.The legendary Cribbar break is off Towan Head.
Towan Beach is closest to Newquay Harbour, which borders it on the west side.
On the east there is a sea stack known as the island which is connected to the mainland by a small suspension bridge.
As this is a family beach, sheltered from the rougher seas, surfing is prohibited during the summer.
Just beside the beach is Newquay’s Sealife Centre.
Great Western Beach
The Great Western Beach runs below the cliffs and town. The cliffs to the east and west provide shelter from breezes on sunny days.
The Great western beach is between Towan and Tolcarne beaches.
Access to the beach is from behind the Great Western Hotel.
At low tide the Newquay beaches interconnect, though one needs to be careful when walking that the tide doesn’t cut them off.
Bathing is safe and a life guard is on duty during summer months.The caves in the cliffs and rock pools below are popular with children to explore at low tide under a watchful eye of parents.
Great Western Beach
Tolcarne Beach set in crescent shaped bay is a privatley owned and has a tourist complex offering 4 star and glamping style accommodation right on the beach.
Tolcarne beach lies between Great Western and Lusty Glaze beaches.
The beach like the other beaches along Newquay’s north facing coast is backed by high cliffs.
The beach is popular with families, body boarders and surfers, though access is via long steep steps when the tide is full.
Fistral beach is the place for experienced surfers, especially when a southwest wind helps create the fast hollow waves, so often craved for.
The beach is the location for a number of champion surf competions.
Fistral’s sandy beach, bound by Towan Head and Pentire Point, faces west/northwest.
Due to it facing the prevailing westerly winds, the beach is one of England’s top class surfing beaches. Many surfing competitions are held here annually, such as Relentless Boardmasters, the Quicksilver Skins, the UK Pro Surf Tour, and the BUSA Championships.
The beach has many facilities such as restaurants, shop, coffee stand, even shacks for hire.
The Town and Harbour
Tired of surfing, body boarding, swimming ? Then take a walk around the town, enjoy some of the great cafes , restaurants and pubs, or stroll about the small fishing harbour.
Harbour The Town and Harbour
Though Newquay's harbour is samll, it provides shelter for a number of crab fishing boats and the day trip tourist boats.
The harbour is well sheltered from the westerly winds by the high cliffs on which the town is built.
The new quay which was originally built here in the 15th century gave Newquay its name.
The harbour acts both as a working fishing harbour and as a boarding port for ferry trips around Newquay Bay.
The harbour was extended in the 18th century to ship ore to the smelting factories in Wales.
Later a railway was built to connect the harbour with the mining tramways above on the cliffs.
The beaches around Newquay offer some of the best surfing experiences in Europe. Fistral Beach provides some championship waves while the other beaches are excellent for novices and intermediates.
Newquay with its long beaches, great surfing and body boarding waves has thrived on tourism for over a century.
The railway station in the town connects to the national rail network, connecting the town to London and the north.
The town in summer attracts families, surfers and those who generally like to hang out in the many bars about town.