Watergate Bay Beach

  • Watergate Bay beach
    © Holly Donnelly
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  • Watergate Bay
  • Watergate Bay at sunset
    © Holly Donnelly
  • Watergate Bay from above
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    At low tide Watergate Bay beach becomes a vast expanse of unbroken golden sand backed by high cliffs. Watergate can be considered the first in a succession of fabulous golden sand beaches leading to (and through) Newquay. The bonus is with its generous size and distance from the town (2 miles) you can still find a quiet piece of sand to yourself.

    The beach at Watergate Bay is set between the cliffs Trevelgue Head to the south and Stem Point in the north and the coast path here is well worth exploring. The neighbouring beaches of Porth and Mawgan Porth appear positively diminutive compared the stretch of Sand at Watergate Bay.

    As with all the beaches in Newquay Bay, Watergate provides some good waves. Combined with its size and location this has made it very popular with local surf schools and perhaps best known, the Extreme Academy.

    The  Extreme Academy offers a range of "extreme sports" including surfing, kitesurfing and kite buggying.

    For food, head to The Beach Hut for relaxed dining right on the seafront, or Restaurant Emily Scott next door serving local fish and seafood fresh from Cornish waters. Beach food takeout options include Nuvola pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, and Cubs coffee pop-up on sea lane.

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    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service

    RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 5 May to 30 September and Easter bank holiday

    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed all year round on this privately owned beach.

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    Disabled access

    Beach is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Main steps to beach rebuilt to aid ambient disabled users

    OS grid ref.

    SW 8421 6497


    The facilities include a beach side cafe, restaurant, toilets and shop


    There are 2 car parks towards the middle of the beach both of which charge

    Watergate Bay Beach Reviews (1)

    Watergate bay


    Jan 05th 2020

    Honestly I love watergate bay so much I go every year and the second I turn 16 I’m going to apply to be a beach lifeguard there because that’s what I want to do all I want to do is help people and save lives I love swimming and I love the beach and swimming in the ocean is something special and gives me a reason to live for