Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Beaches near Newquay

Map featuring Newquay beaches. Click on pins to view beach details

The beach guide has 15 beaches listed in and around the town of Newquay.

  1. Towan Beach

    Towan Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded toilets beach cafe car park good surf

    Whilst the name of this beach is Towan, many people mistakenly call it 'Town beach' as it is so close to Newquay's town centre. Set a the bottom of the aptly named Beach Road, Towan beach is a stretch of the same fine golden…

  2. Tolcarne Beach

    Tolcarne Beach
    lifeguarded good surf

    Large, west-facing expanse of sand that joins up with neighbouring Great Western and Lusty Glaze at low tide. Great views of the harbour and headland plus some good but safe surf make this a popular beach with families,…

  3. Great Western Beach

    Great Western Beach
    dog friendly car park

    The beach is popular with both families and surfers and although it is close to the heart of Newquay it is still one of the quieter beaches. There are rock pools to explore for the kids and you can walk to all the neighbouring…

  4. Fistral Beach

    Fistral Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded toilets beach cafe car park good surf

    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…

  5. Lusty Glaze Beach

    Lusty Glaze Beach
    lifeguarded toilets beach cafe car park good surf

    Lusty Glaze beach is situated in a natural ampitheatre of 200ft high cliffs. Smaller than its more expansive neighbours The beach benefits from a degree of shelter from the prevailing wind. Although privately owned the beach…

  6. Porth Beach

    Porth Beach

    Beautifully positioned on the north coast of Cornwall between the Newquay beaches and Watergate Bay sits Porth Beach, a lovely sandy beach popular with families due to its expanse of golden sands, making it ideal for children…

  7. Whipsiderry Beach

    Whipsiderry Beach
    dog friendly car park

    Voted in the top 20 of Europe's Best Beaches in the Sunday Times, Whipsiderry Beach is a hidden gem in Newquay. Quiet and sheltered, it is a beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs and boasting rock pools and caves that offer…

  8. Crantock Beach

    Crantock Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded car park good surf

    Crantock beach forms part of the expanse of sand between Pentire and West Pentire headlands. At the southern end of the beach are high cliffs providing some shelter from the wind. To the north is the mouth of the River Gannel,…

  9. Porth Joke Beach

    Porth Joke Beach
    dog friendly car park

    Situated in a deep cove between headlands, with Crantock beach to the north and Hollywell Bay to the south Porth Joke is often overlooked. Known locally as Polly Joke this unspoilt sandy beach can be an oasis of calm throughout…

  10. Watergate Bay

    Watergate Bay
    dog friendly lifeguarded car park good surf

    At low tide the beach at Watergate Bay becomes a vast expanse of unbroken golden sand backed by high cliffs. Watergate can be considered the first of a succession of fabulous beaches leading to (and through) Newquay. The…

  11. Holywell Bay

    Holywell Bay
    dog friendly lifeguarded car park

    First impressions of Holywell Bay can be deceptive as the main beach is obscured by sand dunes as you approach. It is only upon scaling or walking around these dunes that the expanse of golden sand stretching almost a mile…

  12. Mawgan Porth Beach

    Mawgan Porth Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded

    Mawgan Porth beach is just far enough from Newquay (4 miles) to avoid the crowds and summer excesses, yet benefit from the same golden sands and beautiful coastline. The beach here is sheltered by high cliffs to each side…

  13. Penhale Sands Beach

    Penhale Sands Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded nudist beach

    Set on the north Cornwall coast Penhale Sands is part of a Special Area of Conservation. At low tide Perran Sands beach joins up with Perranporth Beach to create a beautiful three mile stretch of stunning golden sands. The…

  14. Bedruthan Steps Beach

    Bedruthan Steps Beach
    dog friendly car park

    One of the county's more dramatic beaches. It gets it's name from the huge slate outcrops scattered along the beach and not the inordinate number of steps you need to go down to get to the beach. It is said that the outcrops…

  15. Perranporth Beach

    Perranporth Beach
    dog friendly lifeguarded toilets beach cafe good surf

    At low tide Perranporth beach and neighbouring Penhale sands join together to form one of the largest stretches of unbroken sand on the North Coast. At one end is Perranporth, the archetypal beach town with the high street…