Little Fistral Beach

Little Fistral beach -Newquay
© Ian Woolcock
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Little Fistral beach lies tucked away and out of sight just around the corner from Newquay's famous Fistral beach. The sandy little cove, nestled between a series of rocky outcrops, is something of a secret, hidden in plain sight.

Unlike its bigger, brasher neighbour, you won't find much in the way of amenities at Little Fistral. There are toilets in the car park, but that's pretty much it. On the plus side this keeps the numbers down and maintains the cove's natural character.

Perhaps the biggest downside with Little Fistral beach is the fact that it all but disappears under the high tide, meaning you'll need to plan your visit, ideally on a dropping tide.

Just a short walk to the north of Little Fistral beach is Towan Head. It is well worth walking to the end to take in the spectacular panoramic views over Fistral beach to the south and across Newquay Bay to the north.

Little Fistral is well known for its surf and is often a better option than the main beach for more experienced surfers. It is also the home of Newquay's legendary big wave spot, the Cribbar, which breaks just off Towan Head.

Also known as:

Nun Cove

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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OS grid ref.

SW 8003 6271


Paid parking is available at Towan Headland Car Park. The car park is only a few metres from the beach but it's fairly small and spaces fill up fast. There is some on-street parking along Headland Road.