A Guide to the Beaches in Newquay
You could spend 11 days in Newquay and never be on the same beach twice. Its seven miles of soft, golden sands are a playground for all ages and a base for watersports of all kinds, a safe nursery for apprentice sailors and surfers and a natural stadium for championships.
On some, like Tolcarne, the town is close, and restaurants, bathing huts and equipment shops cater for every need and activity. On others, likeWatergate, nothing has been added – or subtracted – to spoil a masterpiece of Nature. There are smugglers ‘ coves here, rocks with historic names and strange formations, broad and empty spaces and narrow estuaries rich in plant and animal life.
They call it the finest coastline and beaches in Europe . They are right. When all the family is together, Crantock is a favourite. Children love the peaceful estuary that runs deep inland and exposes pools and sandflats at low tide. Parents know they are safe, and teenagers love the lake that forms at high tide, purpose-made for boating or windsurfing.
For the active, wanting to learn – or hone- surfing skills, Fistral Beach offers the perfect stage. A natural amphitheatre carved from the coast by wind and weather, and overlooked by Newquay’s famous golf links, Fistral has hosted numerous world events including the World Lifesaving Championships. Parents with young families, in search of a milder recipe for fun, are spoiled for choice.
The beaches at Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne are safe and sheltered; the sea retreats at low tide to maroon the famous island to create a mile-long sea of sand, backed by low cliffs and punctuated by caves and rock-pools.
Something for everyone is Newquay’s promise. There’s the whole gamut of entertainment from sequence dancing for Gran to sand-castle competitions for the youngsters – plus the famous, original BBC Radio One Roadshow: Stay close to town or go further afield, to the beaches of Porth or Mawgan Porth, quaintly-named Whipsiderry or Lusty Glaze. Such is the variety that you can choose your environment to suit your mood.