An obvious attraction for many people is the world-class surf that can be found on many of Newquay’s beaches, however for others, it is just as exciting to watch from your sunbathing spot on the sand! There are over 10 family friendly, lifeguarded beaches in and around Newquay, with others that can be found just a short drive away such as Mawgan Porth or Perranporth. Be sure to take a trip down to the Best British Beach, Crantock, voted for by BBC Coast in 2013. On the outskirts of the town, this beach is a huge expanse of fine sand, with plenty of shelter from wind and great amenities just off the beach. Just next door lays the equally beautiful Pentire beach, sitting at the mouth of the River Gannel and overlooked by the extremely popular (and with good reason!) Bowgie Inn. Head a couple of miles out of town and set up camp on Watergate Bay – a three mile stretch of beautiful sand that is popular with families due to its ease of access and great lunch stops just behind the beach. Watch out for the beach polo competition on Watergate in the summer for a real spectacle!
Of course, Newquay’s most iconic beach, Fistral, has to be visited if staying in the area. This West facing, family friendly beach is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day sunbathing and playing in the sea. Extremely popular with surfers due to its consistently brilliant surf, there are surf schools that can be easily found on this beach – great for tiring kids out under the watchful eye of the lifeguards. If you’re after a little more space in the sea, head to the beautiful horseshoe cove of Lusty Glaze, overlooked by tall cliffs sheltering you from any chilly winds.
The town is also home to award winning attractions for the rainy days. Pay a visit to Blue Reef Aquarium, or marvel at the monkeys in Newquay Zoo, or, if you’re after a bit of peace and quiet, stroll through the beautiful National Trust gardens of Trerice or bask in the tranquillity of The Japanese Garden. You can just as easily create your own adventure along the South West Coast Path by following the cliffs out of Newquay in either direction – but make sure you take the diversion across to Towan Island – a section of cliff above the beach that has been separated from the mainline due to erosion, but has since been linked up to a suspension bridge and makes for some fantastic views!
Although beaches make up a great amount of Newquay’s allure, there are many other local attractions that maintain Newquay’s desirability even if it isn’t beach weather. Explore the local independent shops, restaurants and bars and truly soak up the Cornish lifestyle!