Fistral Beach

Newquay, if not Cornwall's, most popular beach and at the very heart of the British surfing scene.

The beach is a wide expanse of golden sand with the headlands of Pentire and Towan to the south and north respectively. On the Towan headland, overlooking the beach, is the imposing victorian bulk of the Headlands hotel.

Fistral is often dived up into three areas: South Fistral, the main beach and Little Fistral. The first two are fairly self explanatory, Little Fistral is the norhtern most part of the beach and is only really there at low tide.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard seasonal cover daily from Easter Bank Holiday to end of October

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Disabled access

There is easy access from the car park which has disabled spaces. Disabled toilets and sand chair available from Fistral Surf Hire Shop - 01637 850584



OS grid ref.

SW 8004 6219


The northern end of Fistral is awash with facilities including the Surf Centre, toilets, cafes, surfboard and wetsuit hire and a nearby golf course


There is a 250 space car park at Fistral - the charges vary throughout the year

Fistral Beach Reviews

Family and dog friendly beach

Debs Bound
Aug 25th 2021

Lovely Sandy beach with kids and dogs playing together, everyone looked so happy and relaxed. I did not witness any dog poo on the beach, some humans had left their rubbish behind though.

We were lucky and arrived at low tide so walked from one end of the beach to the other. A pleasant place to be

Will definitely return for more visits. Please don’t ban dogs from the beaches it had a much better atmosphere with families spending time with their kids and pets

Dog shit on beach

Jun 24th 2021

This is really not good enough. Its about time dogs were kept off the beach in the summer season. Completely spoilt the experience of this otherwise wonderful beach.

Holywell Bay

Jun 05th 2021

The first time I visited Holywell Bay I was about 12   and the place where we stayed was above the local shop which served ice creams, postcards and novelty items for the beach. The sand dunes we’re totally unspoilt and there wasn’t very many people which was perfect. Nobody left their rubbish about back then in ‘81.  Then the last time I went in “87 tourism had taken a hold of this once tranquil private place where rubbish blew in the wind. Humans are like locusts sapping the life and spoiling beautiful places ????????