Fistral Beach is Newquay, if not Cornwall's, most popular beach and sits 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 divided up into three areas: South Fistral, the main beach and Little Fistral. The first two are fairly self explanatory, while Little Fistral is set among the rocky outcrops of the northernmost section of the beach and is only really accessible at low tide.
Type of beach
RNLI lifeguard seasonal cover daily from Easter Bank Holiday to end of October
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
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 (5)
Family and dog friendly beach
Debs BoundAug 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
DennisJun 14th 2022
I love this beach and so do my dogs. For those saying dogs should be banned, there are plenty of beaches with dog restrictions in Cornwall for you to choose from. Personally I prefer dogs to unruly, screaming kids and their parents who think they should be inflicted on everyone else. Also humans leave behind rubbish. Great restaurants, also dog friendly, here too.
RuredigirlJun 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 ????????
Stunning beach and headland but watch out for the carpark
EJMJun 06th 2022
Deservedly famous beach that delivers on my childhood memories.
The only fly in the ointment is the rip off car park that charge you from the second you enter to the second you leave ( busy times it can take several minutes to find a space and several more to leave so you inadvertently don’t buy enough time and get landed with a £70 fine)
Best avoid the sharks ????
Dog shit on beach
EdHJun 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.