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Newquay Best Beach Guide

Newquay is famous for the sandy beaches, blue sea and captivating coastlines. Beaches are the pumping heart of Newquay, the great adventure playgrounds where children play on the golden sands, couples stroll hand-in-hand, surfers ride the Atlantic rollers and gig rowers heave their long wooden boats over the breakers to the open seas.

Wherever you are in Newquay or the surrounding areas, you are guaranteed not to be far from one of these stunning beaches - all of them with golden sand and Atlantic breakers, each of beaches are offering a different beach experience for every day of your stay.

Newquay is a resort to revive your spirits - a beach paradise and the surfing capital of England. For yours and everyone else's safety always swim at a Lifeguarded beach and always do as the Lifeguards tell you.

The RNLI give the following advice:

  • Always swim at a lifeguarded beach
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Never swim alone
  • Know your beach safety flags
  • Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
  • If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
  • Find out about the beach you’re going to before you visit
  • Check tide times before you go
  • Read and obey local hazard signs

For more information about the RNLI Beach Lifeguards in Newquay click here.

For dog friendly information and to see what beaches allow dogs on please download the VisitNewquay beach map here

For more information on the individual beaches, please see the entries below to select your perfect beach in Newquay.

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Great Western Beach - Newquay

Great Western Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Great Western is a popular family beach lying just north of Towan beach. It is comprised of several coves offering some degree of seclusion. The...

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  1. Fistral Beach - Newquay

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    Fistral Beach - Newquay

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    Beach

    Newquay

    Fistral Beach is Newquay's iconic beach, quite simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. This beautiful beach is west facing, long and sandy and backed by rocks and cliffs. Fistral is the perfect family beach offering simple pleasures of sea and surf combined...

  2. Mawgan Porth Beach

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    Mawgan Porth Beach

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    Beach

    Newquay

    Mawgan Porth beach just to the north of Newquay is a wide sandy beach popular with families and surfers with easy access from the adjacent car park. The beach is surrounded on both sides by cliffs and rocks and on the north side sand dunes. During low tide there are a number of caves and rock...

  3. Newquay Harbour

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    Newquay Harbour

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    Beach

    Newquay

    The Harbour sounds like an unlikely spot to have a beach, however at low tide this sheltered cove provides an ideal place for soaking up the sun or enjoying the sheltered waters. Lately several seals regularly visit here and are a common sight frolicking in the water. The Harbour Beach is only...

  4. Watergate Bay form the Beach

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    Watergate Bay Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Newquay

    Watergate Bay Beach, about 3 miles from Newquay is a large expanse of fine golden sand stretching for over 2 miles at the foot of steep cliffs. It is a large, open bay and frequently picks up swell from the Atlantic and is popular with families and surfers. There are several access paths down to...

  5. All images credits to Heidi Westbrook - Dunes Dream Images Newquay

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    Crantock Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Newquay

    Voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast 2013! Set at the bottom of a quintessentially English village with two charming pubs, you’ll find the beach by wandering through the National Trust car park. Scale the looming dune and you’ll be rewarded with a goose-pimple inducing view. To the right of the...

  6. The Gannel Estuary

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    The Gannel Estuary

    Type

    Beach

    Newquay

    In Newquay, the Gannel Estuary provides a glimpse of the towns seafaring past - and you can explore on foot, kayak or canoe, bike or horseback!
    The Gannel is a tidal river and remains so today, so be careful when and where you walk. It's a silted estuary - no longer navigable, but in the past,...

  7. Tolcarne Beach - Newquay

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    Tolcarne Beach - Newquay

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    Beach

    Newquay

    Tolcarne Beach nestles in a beautiful crescent shaped bay set against a background of cliffs. The beach offers soft sand, easy swimming, fun family surfing, exciting rock pools to explore at low tide, sea fishing and the unique 'Tolcarne wedge' for boogie boarding. The beach is one of four...

  8. Wishing you were here at Porth Beach

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    Porth Beach - Newquay

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    Beach

    Newquay

    Porth Beach is a lovely sandy beach with a sheltered aspect being protected by headlands on both sides. Porth island to the east, which can be accessed by a narrow footbridge, has some impressive prehistoric defensive earthworks and the remains of a settlement.


    At the end of the island there...

  9. Great Western Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

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    Great Western Beach - Newquay

    Type

    Beach

    Newquay

    Great Western is a popular family beach lying just north of Towan beach. It is comprised of several coves offering some degree of seclusion. The beach is backed by high cliffs and at high tide is just a small rectangle of sand. The best time to visit this beach is at low tide when it joins with...

  10. Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

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    Lusty Glaze Beach - Newquay

    Type

    Beach

    Newquay

    Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind you, kick off your socks and shoes and feel the sand between your toes, pause for a moment and breathe in the fresh salt air…

    Time spent at this sheltered cove is always time well spent. Starting life as a working mine, Lusty Glaze has...