Newquay’s world class 12 beach bays feature a mix of Britain’s top surfing beaches and family friendly sheltered beach bays. Central beaches are firm family favourites and include Towan, Tolcarne and Great Western beaches, all close to the town centre. Newquay Beach choice is one of the best in the UK and there’s a beach for everyone here, from experienced and beginner surfers to families. Quieter romantic beach coves and harbour beaches also feature in the beach choice. Top surfing beaches include Fistral, Crantock, Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth. Many Newquay beaches welcome dogs all year round including central Great Western and Towan beaches!
Beach Safety & Coloured Flag Indicators
Most of Newquay beaches have a lifeguard service across the summer season and a coloured flag system is used as an indicator of beach safety:- Red and Yellow flags mark an area patrolled by lifeguards and tell you that this marked area is safe to swim, bodyboard or use inflatables in. Black and White chequered flags highlight a zone on the beach used by lifeguards for surfboards, kayaks or watercraft – no swimming is permitted in this zone. A red flag on the beach is the indicator for danger. Visitors should never enter the water whilst the red flag is up. Finally, an orange windsock indicates that there are offshore wind conditions and in these conditions you should never use an inflatable.
Holywell Bay – Dog Friendly
Holywell Bay sits on the western edge of Newquay beyond Fistral and Crantock beaches. Holywell is a year round dog friendly beach flanked by sand dunes. This beach has lifeguards from May to September.
Crantock Beach – Dog Friendly
Crantock Beach is a stunning golden sandy beach in Newquay located just west of Fistral. Popular with surfers, Crantock is great not just for surfing but also for sheltered bathing. A popular surfing pub sits close to the beach and all essential facilities are on-site making it a good option for families. Dogs are permitted on Crantock beach all year round.
Fistral Beach – Dog Friendly
An iconic UK beach and widely recognised as the centre of British Surfing, Fistral beach actually has three different sections. World class surfing competitions take place here and you’ll find a choice of surf schools and equipment hire flanking Fistral. Lifeguards operate from April to September and across the Easter Weekend. Dogs are permitted on Fistral beach all year round.
Harbour Beach – Dog Friendly
Cosy Harbour beach sits adjacent to the harbour walls and is gentle and sheltered, perfect for families with young children. There is no surfing on this Newquay beach. Dogs are welcome all year round.
Great Western Beach – Dog Friendly
Flanked by spectacular high cliffs, central Great Western Beach is popular with beginner surfers and is lifeguarded from May to September. Dogs are allowed on Great Western all year round and this Newquay beach is a favourite with families.
Towan Beach – Dog Friendly
A family favourite beach situated next to the harbour, pretty Towan beach is dog friendly all year round, with a lifeguard service from April to September. A unique suspension bridge connects an island on Towan with the mainland.
Tolcarne Beach – Dog Ban in Summer Season Only
Beautiful Tolcarne Beach with a backdrop of high cliffs sits at the northern end of Newquay Bay and is another firm favourite with families. A Lifeguard service operates here from mid May to the end of September. Dogs are welcome across the winter season, however a dog ban is in place from the beginning of May to the end of September.
Lusty Glaze Beach – Dog Ban in Summer Season Only
A stunning cove beach framed by high cliffs, Lusty Glaze beach at the southern edge of the bay is a real centre for activities from surfing to coasteering. This pretty beach is popular with all from surfers to families and couples. A dog ban operates at Lusty Glaze across the summer season (end May to the end of September).
Porth Beach – Dog Ban from Easter to Oct Only
Spectacular Porth Beach on the outskirts of the bay is a long and narrow beach flanked by stunning cliffs. A popular beach with families, there is no surfing on Porth Beach while the lifeguard service (May to Sept) is in operation. A dog ban is also in place on Porth beach from Easter until the beginning of October.
Whipsiderry Beach – Dog Friendly
Whipsiderry Beach sits adjacent to Porth Beach and is a fantastic sheltered cove beach. Whipsiderry is only accessible at low tide and is famed for its unique large caves. Dogs are welcome on Whipsiderry all year round.
Watergate Bay – Dog Friendly
A surfer and family beach favourite, Watergate Bay offers two glorious miles of sandy beach space and is home to an Extreme Sports Academy with surfing lessons, surf equipment hire, coasteering and more all available. Dogs are welcome on Watergate Bay all year round and this Newquay beach has a lifeguard service from April to September.
Mawgan Porth Beach
Located between Newquay and Padstow, Mawgan Porth has a spectacular west facing, award-winning golden sandy beach popular with surfers and families. The beach is frame by rugged cliffs and there are caves to explore and great rockpooling. The acres of golden sands offer plenty of space for family beach games and sandcastle building. Exposed to Atlantic swells, Mawgan Porth also offers excellent surfing conditions, and has a lifeguard service from April to September. Dogs are welcome all year round on Mawgan Porth beach.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.