Located in the picturesque English county of Cornwall, Newquay is a vastly popular seaside resort that provides tourists with a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants and extreme activities. Newquay has always been famous for its surfing and great beaches, but in recent years it has continued to grow as one of the most popular tourism hotspots in the UK. The bubbly seaside resort boasts a total of 11 beaches and a wide offering of watersports such as surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, and coasteering.
Surfing in Newquay
Newquay is one of the finest surfing destinations in the UK and has continued to improve its surfing facilities over recent years. The great thing about Newquay is that all of its beaches pose their own unique surfing challenges. Regardless of your surfing ability, there is a beach to suit everyone’s skill levels and a number of great surfing schools.
The Huers Hut
Although there isn’t a great amount to do at this Grade II building, it’s definitely worth the visit just to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Newquays coastline. This historic stone hut dates right the way back to the 14th century and was originally used as a looked out by the ‘huer’. There is also a great pub named the ‘Red Lion’ located within walking distance.
Set in lush lakeside gardens, there are over 100 species at this zoo – from lions and tigers to birds and reptiles, this is a great day out regardless of whether you’re an adult or a child. Newquay Zoo runs a number of special events and festive weekends throughout the year, I thoroughly recommend visiting here.
Beaches to visit in Newquay
Fistral is a west facing beach that offers surfers some of the best waves in the UK. Fistral is divided into two beaches, North Fistral and South Fistral. Backed on to dramatic cliffs, this beach is very popular amongst families and day-trippers, and offers a variety of seafront and beach facilities. This beach is easily accessible from the town centre.
Privately owned and located just outside the town centre, Lusty Glaze has developed a reputation for its superior beach entertainment. Set in a gorgeous sandy cove backed by dramatic high cliffs, there is so much to explore and enjoy at this beach. There is also a lovely beach side restaurant, beach huts, and plenty of activities such as surfing and climbing to get involved with.
Nestled in a stunning crescent shaped bay and set against a picturesque background of cliffs, this beach offers fine sand, safe swimming, family surfing and a number of awesome rock pools to enjoy at low tide. There is a surf school on the beach with qualified BSA instructors that offers both individual and group surf lessons for surfers of all abilities. There is also a cafe on the beach that offers a selection of local and organic food.
A two mile stretch of golden sands at the feet of steep dramatic cliffs, Watergate Bay is a privately owned beach located approximately 3 miles from the Newquay town centre. There are several ways to access the beach, but many choose to access it via the front of the hotels in the valley. You will often find surfers and kite surfers at Watergate bay, there are also lessons and equipment hire available at this beach.
Surf Lodges and Accommodation in Newquay
There is no shortage of places to stay in this lively seaside resort, whether you are looking for a surf lodge, bed and breakfast or a hotel, there really is something to suit everyone’s needs and budget. When I visited Newquay I stayed at Mor Lodge, a surf lodge that had some real nice facilities such as its own bar, entertainment and hangout areas. For surfers there are a number of surf lodges with really good facilities, most of these have their own bars and entertainment for guests to enjoy.