The Newquay Coast is Britain’s number one beach surfing destination, home to award-winning beaches like Fistral and Watergate Bay which host international surfing competitions and music festivals. This coast with the most is popular with families, surfing and party groups, couples looking for that beach chic romantic retreat and for year round coastal walking. It’s easily accessed via Newquay Airport which sits close to Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth, and is just 5 miles north of Newquay centre. A large number of year round and seasonal summer city to surf cheap flights are available to Newquay Airport.
Beaches, Surfing & Watersports
Beaches along the Atlantic Newquay Coast are a magical mix of sheltered hidden coves, great sweeping surf beach award-winners, year round dog friendly beaches and gentle family beaches close to amenities and with safe bathing. The best of the surfing beaches at Watergate Bay, Fistral and further south around St Agnes pick up the Atlantic swell to full advantage making for prime surfing territory. Summer season sees the crowds flock to Newquay’s string of pearl beach bays. More peaceful beaches sit on the outskirts of the resort at Crantock, Porth, Holywell and Mawgan Porth. It’s not just surfing that’s popular on the water here. Everything from coasteering and kayaking to kite surfing and waveski are all widely available.
With its choice of family friendly beaches and attractions ranging from zoos and aquariums to family surfing lessons, boat trips, indoor fun pools and steam railway rides, the Newquay Coast is where to head for fun filled and affordable family holidays or short breaks. The area is packed full of family friendly B&Bs, cottages, holiday lodges, apartments and all-inclusive holiday parks close to beaches or just inland surrounded by acres of rural grounds.
Coastal Walking/ Dogs Welcome
The South West Coast Path around Crantock and Perranporth and between Porth and Watergate Bay is considered by many to offer some of Cornwall’s finest coastal walking along high cliff tops, around headlands and across estuaries. Magnificent panoramic views of beach bays and offshore rock formations feature en-route. Paws on these shores are warmly welcomed too, with a wealth of dog friendly beaches and pet friendly accommodation here, not just in Newquay centre, but also around Crantock, Mawgan Porth and pretty St Agnes.
Celtic & Mining History
To the south of Newquay sit the great Cornish Celtic and Mining Heritage centres of Perranporth and St Agnes. Perranporth has links to the Cornish saint of miners St Piran. The village is a mecca for annual Cornish St Piran’s Day celebrations in early March annually. St Agnes as well as offering four spectacular beaches and a selection of independent shops and galleries is also a centre for Cornish tin and copper mining heritage. St Agnes is within Cornwall’s World Heritage Mining Site – cliffs and hills around the village are dotted with the remains of numerous mine sites, many now restored and some like Blue Hills are mining tin again. Find out more in the award-winning St Agnes Museum!
Beach Chic/ Pamper Breaks
Affordable luxury accommodation is on offer along the Newquay Coast. Stunning contemporary apartments are available along the entire length of this North Cornish coastline. They sleep from 2 to 10 guests, with short breaks usually available off peak and they’re perfect for luxury hen party weekends, extra special surfing breaks and for year round romantic breaks. Alternatively, opt for a cliff top hotel with in-house spa facilities and indoor pool and soak up that invigorating Atlantic air on a coastal walk or surfing lesson.
Food & Drink
Fresh from the catch seafood and fine Cornish local produce is on offer in best restaurants and inns along the Newquay Coast. Famous restaurants like Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen alongside Watergate Bay are in the area and Newquay hosts one of Cornwall’s top fish and local produce festivals annually in September around the harbour. Newquay doesn’t disappoint with its great variety of dining experiences. The resort has a choice of restaurants serving up a range of world cuisine from Mexican Cantina to authentic Indian. Traditional Cornish tearooms, chic beach cafes and best fish and chips are all here aplenty. Many of Newquay’s lively bars also serve great food and cocktails.
Party destinations don’t come much better than Newquay with its laid back beach surfing life by day and top clubs and bars by night. The resort is a favourite with Stag and Hen parties and groups. Accommodation including budget surfer hostels, hotels and apartments cater well for party groups. Some even have in-house surf schools and offer all-inclusive activity packages for groups. Whatever your activity taste you’ll find it in the Newquay area which offers everything from adrenalin pumping surfing on Fistral and coasteering around Lusty Glaze to pamper spa days, go-karting and more. Down on Fistral and Watergate Bay in the summer months there’s usually a festival, event or international surfing competition in full swing.