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Watergate Bay

One of Cornwall's most famous surfing beaches, award-winning Watergate Bay beach is around 3 miles north of Newquay and offers 2 miles of golden sands framed by steep cliffs. The great sweep of the bay gets the best of the Atlantic swell - the beach is popular with surfers and groups, families and couples. Two beachside car parks sit adjacent to the bay, and several paths lead down to the beach. The coast path is particularly scenic between Newquay and Watergate Bay - the walk usually takes around 45 minutes, and is strenuous with several hills and valley climbing challenges en-route. Next to the beach bay in a sheltered valley sits a great pub with all day food menu and a collection of waterfront cafes and restaurants including Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant.

Luxury accommodation flanks Watergate Bay including a beach chic hotel with spa facilities and indoor pool, and stylish contemporary apartments with magnificent sea views, balconies, surf equipment storage and wash off facilities. Beach sports venue, Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay offers surfing, kitesurfing, paddlesurf and waveski tuition, with instruction from qualified and approved instructors assured. Equipment is available to hire from bodyboards and wet suits to beginner boards, deck chairs and waveski. O'Neill Surf Academy is also in the area offering surfing tuition for all ages. Watergate Bay hosts many events, competitions and festivals on its golden sands including the popular annual Boardmasters surf and music festival.

Nearest Accommodation in Watergate Bay

  • Watergate Bay   (0.1 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
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    £1,140
    Per week
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 136 reviews
    Rating from 136 reviews
    Set just 200 metres from a lovely beach, Beachcombers Apartments provide modern self-catered accommodation. With free Wi-Fi and free parking, guests are only 4 miles from lively...
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    Rating from 136 reviews
  • Watergate Bay   (0.1 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
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    £249
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Well presented collection of Newquay holiday apartments at Watergate Bay 200 yards from beautiful sandy beaches. Leisure facilities available at nearby sister park. Sleep 4 or 6.
     
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  • Watergate Bay   (0.1 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
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    £365
    Per Week (Seasonal) Sleep 4-6
     
    Family friendly holiday flats on the Newquay coast with leisure facilities available. Book online for discounts including midweek savers & couples discounts
     
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  • St Columb Minor   (0.9 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
    Sleeps 4
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    £297
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    This delightful, Grade II listed holiday cottage lies in the old village square, 300 yards from the village pub and church. Adjoining another property, it brims with character, ...
     
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  • Newquay   (1.1 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
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    £525
    Per Week (seasonal) Sleeps 4-6
     
    Luxury glamping accommodation at this camping park in Cornwall. 1 mile from beaches. Free hot water, tea room, craft events and Saturday night feast. Sleeping 4-6 people.
     
  • Newquay   (1.1 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
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    £14
    Per standard pitch per night (seasonal) 2 people
     
    Country camping & glamping park in Cornwall set just 1 mile from sandy beaches. Free hot water, pop up Victorian tea room, regular craft events. Saturday night feast night.
     
  • Newquay   (1.2 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
    Sleeps 4
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    £445
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Beautiful first floor apartment in Newquay offering views across Whipsiderry & Porth beaches. Two bedrooms, allocated parking, communal garden. Dog friendly. Off peak short breaks.
     
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  • Porth   (1.2 miles from the centre of Watergate Bay)
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    £42
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 93 reviews
    Rating from 93 reviews
    Porth Cove benefits from uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding coastline. Situated directly opposite the golden sands of Whipsiderry Beach, with access...
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 93 reviews
    Rating from 93 reviews