Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach is Newquay’s iconic beach, and one of the best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. Fistral Beach is a 5 minute drive from the town centre or 20 minute walk and has payable parking for 200 cars. Fistral is the perfect family beach combined with first class beach and seafront facilities including surf equipment hire, lessons and boutiques, showers, toilets, car parking, restaurants and cafes.

Fistral is also the setting for festivals and events including Boardmasters – Europes largest surf and skate festival every August. Many events take place throughout the year such as thundercat racing championships , Unite fitness festival, the English National Surfing Championship, night surfing and the King of the Groms Junior Surf Festival.

Fistral Beach boasts a state of the art RNLI Lifeguard station for the lifeguards who work from May to September with voluntary lifeguard cover on busy weekends through the winter. The brand new facilites include a dedicated first aid room, storage, changing facilities and a large observational area from which the lifeguards watch the one of the busiest beaches in the country.

Facilities Car park, clothes stores, surf hire, surf lessons, showers, restaurants and cafes

Lifeguard cover from May to September and weekends throughout the winter

Parking Chargeable for 200 cars

Toilets with showers

Dog friendly All year round

Food and drinks

The stable with over 50 ciders to choose from, the most delicious pizzas you can imagine, and pies and salads to boot.

Rick Steins Overlooking the iconic Fistral beach, our casual and laid-back restaurant serves Rick’s famous fish & chips as well as dishes inspired by his travels around Asia, including Goan chicken curry, beef mussaman curry, pad Thai noodles, nasi goreng and Sri Lankan cashew nut curry.

The beach bar Relax and unwind on our extensive decked area, with uninterrupted views of the stunning North Cornwall coastline. Their menu provides freshly baked, mouth watering pizzas, healthy salads, naughty nachos and plenty more, serving late into the evening.

The fish house Paul Harwood’s Fish House is a new restaurant in Newquay located on Fistral Beach a stones throw from the sea. The inspiration for their food comes straight from the sea, using locally caught fish and shell fish caught straight from Newquay harbour. They use the best seasonal ingredients available, to create rustic dishes with authentic flavours. What better way to finish a day on the beach than watching the sunset eating amazing food and soaking up the atmosphere.


Little Fistral

Little Fistral beach sits north of Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach, and is only accessible at low tide. Check the tide times here

Little Fistral is a located to the west of Towan headland and is one of the more unspoilt and quieter beaches enjoyed by the locals with a tropical feel on a sunny day.

The beach has a small car park and toilets, although you can park at the nearby Fistral Beach car park which is a short walk away.

Facilities toilets & parking

Lifeguard cover none

Parking there is a small car park

Toilets are available

Dog friendly all year round

Tolcarne Beach

Tolcarne Beach is nestled between Lusty Glaze and Great Western Beach and is accessible via a set of steps or a sloping roadway.

Whether you are looking for a family beach day or romantic date Tolcarne has it all. One of Newquay town beaches its a short stroll from Cliff Road

The Colonial bar and restaurant was built in 2019 and offers sophisticated dining with breakfast, lunch and dinner with exceptional ocean views

Prefer a snack or maybe a bucket and spade or ice cream? Venus is open seasonally from Easter time

Want to try watersports? Then look no further than elemental who offer a range of lessons and kids clubs

Facilities bar, restaurant, snack bar, beach store

Lifeguard cover seasonal

Parking available in town centre nearby car parks


None Dog friendly

Lusty Glaze Beach

Lusty Glaze beach A privately-owned cove nestled on the North Cornish Coast, available for exclusive hire for weddings, corporate events and unique functions. It was crowned Beach of the Year 2017 by the The Times and The Sunday Times. And although privately owned the beach is fully open to the public at no cost.

At the heart of the Lusty Glaze resort lies the bar and restaurant, relaxed, intimate and friendly with gasp inducing views and sunsets you can enjoy many culinary delights year round either by the roaring log burner or in the afternoon sunshine.

For those looking for a little more adventure on their visit to the cove, Lusty Glaze adventure centre located down on the sand provides activities both water and cliff based! From surfing to abseiling and much more in-between, so for a fun filled day or even a team building exercise this centre is the place for you.

weddings if you are looking for a unique and stunning venue then look no further.

Events Lusty holds music and sporting events. Music plays a big part in the Lusty Glaze calendar, with free live music evenings every week of the year. Securing the top spot as The Times’ most picturesque music venue, Lusty Glaze transforms the beach into an epic concert venue for its Headline Sessions every year.

Lifeguard cover is available seasonally during summer months.

Facilities Lusty has car parking, toilets and a bar and restaurant.

Parking there is a car park located at the top of the steps.

Dog friendly some restrictions may apply – contact the beach for further information

Porth Joke Beach

A small attractive private cove, also known as Polly Joke, that is less busy than other beaches nearby. Porth Joke a few minutes drive from Crantock Village and is excellent for rockpooling and has caves to explore. The beach is also suitable for swimming, bodyboarding, surfing and fishing. The closest bar and restaurants to the car park are The Bowgie and the C Bay bistro and cafe bar

Parking there is a private pay & display at West Pentire approximately 15 minutes walk from the beach.

Facilities None.

Lifeguard cover None.

Dog friendly all year round. Please note that sheep graze on fields and dogs must be kept under control at all times.

Watergate Beach

Watergate Bay Beach is around 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. The beach is a European designated beach and has achieved the highest standard for UK bathing water.

Lifeguard cover there are RNLI lifeguards from mid May to the end of September.

Facilities Watergate has car parking, toilets and a beach restaurant called The Beach Hut at Watergate. Want to learn how to surf? Try the extreme academy . The two miles of golden sand and azure sea make this a fantastic beach for surfers and activity lovers of all ages and abilities. Watergate Bay hosts demonstrations, events, championships and festivals in a variety of sand, sea and air sports.

Zacrys restaurant offers contemporary dining but if you are looking for more informal burgers and pizzas try Wax bar and restaurant when offer food all day.

Parking There is a beach side car park next to the watergate bay hotel or a larger car park opposite Wax.

Dog friendly all year round.

Porth Beach

Porth beach, on the east side of Newquay, is very popular with families and has a large area of flat golden sand that offers safe bathing. 

The beach has a lovely promenade, family pub, tapas bar as well as a small grocery store and coffee shop at Roos Beach lifestyle and clothing store

Lifeguard cover is available during the summer season between 1000 and 1800

Parking there is limited parking available on the actual beach with a maximum of 60 cars tide dependant however there is a large car park available at Porth Beach holiday park opposite the beach beach car parking

Please note: there is a seasonal dog ban is in place and dogs are not allowed on the beach between 9am to 7pm during summertime. Full details can be found on the council website

Whipsiderry Beach

Although there are steep steps to negotiate this beach is worth visiting at low tide as there is lots to explore; caves, rock pools and dry sand for sheltered sun bathing if the wind is blowing off shore. Whipsiderry can be reached by bus along the north coast road (just past Porth) or you can head northwards along the coastal path from Newquay. Whipsiderry, like Watergate is essentially a beach to visit at low tide when there is firm sand to to walk on and caves to explore. During low tide you can walk to Watergate along the beach

Facilities – None

Lifeguard cover – None

Dog friendly all year round

Parking – on Porth Beach car park and walk up the hill and down the beach steps

Crantock Beach

Crantock offers a large expanse of golden sands backed by dunes between the Pentire Headlands to both east and west.  Popular for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and wind-surfing with board/canoe hire on the beach via Big Green surf school.

Facilities The village has a traditional thatched village pub dating back to 1600 The old albion is open from 1200. Perfectly perched on the West Pentire Headland, overlooking the golden sands of Crantock Beach, near the popular surfing and family destination of Newquay is the Bowgie Inn or maybe you would prefer the contemporary menu at the C Bay bistro.

Lifeguard cover from May until September.

Parking Crantock beach is owned and looked after by the National Trust. The car park is free to National Trust members.

Toilets are located on the beach car park.

Dog friendly all year round.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Towan Promenade, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1DU
Blue Reef Newquay is home to 40 naturally-themed habitats – taking you on a journey from the Cornish coasts to the exotic seas. You’ll also have the opportunity to come face-to-face with some freshwater turtles and caiman, meet our pufferfish, and much more!

Our underwater tunnel runs through the ocean tank at the heart of the aquarium, and offers you captivating views of the reef and all the sea life that calls it home, including the loggerhead sea turtles, reef sharks, and shoals of colourful fish.