Newquay has been blessed with a beautiful coastline and a series of stunning beaches. Newquay has plenty of beach options to enjoy, from quiet coves to relax in to bustling surf beaches. The suburbs of Newquay represent a mix of beautiful coastline, stunning beaches, crystal clear seas, rock pools filled with sea, and the most beautiful views to amaze you. All beaches are no more than a fifteen minute drive from downtown Newquay, so get in the car and enjoy this beautiful beach, you won’t be disappointed!
Crantock Beach Crantock Beach is located in West Newquay, about a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Newquay. This large beach has a wide expanse of golden sand and is backed by dunes, making it the perfect place for a picnic. It is also a great place for swimming and surfing and at the end of the beach you will reach West Pentire with its rocky pool and wave platform which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkeling.
It is recommended to swim to the left of this large beach because on the right the beach meets the mouth of the Gannel River and produces currents. Surfing at Crantock beach is good for beginners if conditions are not that great. It has a pretty good beach break and the river flowing on the right side can build a nice sand bar. Basic equipment is available for rent for beginners.
Beach amenities in season – Toilets, refreshments, dog-friendly lifeguard, beach car park and local bus service. Beach Access – from the A3075 follow signs to Crantock Village from there you can drive to the beach car park. Crantock Beach can be reached by local bus or ferry service from Fernpit Cafe. Postal code TR8 5SE
Holywell Bay Beach Holywell Bay is a large sandy beach facing West with dunes and is an ideal beach for families. There is a shallow river running on the shore making it perfect for paddling. Even at high tide, there is still plenty of room on Holywell Beach. At low tide there is a large cave accessible on the north side but be careful as the rocks can be slippery. Level Access to dog-friendly beaches and beaches all year round (all year round).
Beach Amenities in Season – Beach shop, restrooms, drinks and restaurants. Beach Access – Local bus service, by car from A3075 Perranporth to Newquay Road, turn towards Cubert and follow the road to Holywell village. Postal code TR8 5PP
Porth Beach Porth Beach is located about a five-minute drive north of Newquay. Porth Beach is in a sheltered location which makes it one of the safest beaches around Newquay for swimming. The beach has parking close by and easy access makes it an ideal beach for people with walking difficulties.
The beach has an inflatable hole at the end of the island that can be seen at high tide and is a great sight to behold. Porth Beach is popular with beginner surfers and body boarders, but be prepared to walk deep into the ocean at low tide.
Beach Facilities in Season – Lifeguard, cafe, restaurant, beach shop and surf gear rental, pub, restrooms and car park Beach Access – Located north of Newquay on road B3276 from Newquay to Padstow. Parking is available at several locations around Porth Beach. Postal code TR7 3NE
Porth Joke Beach A Porth Joke also known to locals as Polly Joke this beach gem is an attractive bay and less crowded than other nearby beaches. This is a Northwest facing beach which is a ten to fifteen minute walk from the parking lot at West Pentire. The road to the beach has not been tidied up but is quite accessible. Dogs are allowed on the beach.
Beach Facilities in season – No Beach Access facilities – Take the A3075 Newquay to Perranporth Road and head South towards Crantock. Follow the road to the end of the village, sign for West Pentire/Porth Joke and park in the parking lot at West Pentire. Postal code TR8 5BQ.
Watergate Bay Beach – Watergate Beach Located three miles from the city of Newquay and a fifteen minute drive. It is on the coast road to Padstow and is the most spectacular and largest beach in Newquays. It has a long stretch of fine golden sand at the foot of a steep cliff that at low tide turns into a two-mile stretch of sandy beach.
It can be reached by following the coastal path from Newquay but be prepared to walk at least 45 minutes. With big waves Watergate Bay is an ideal place for surfing and is home to the Extreme Academy with lots of exciting sporting activities available such as mountain climbing, kitesurfing, etc. Postcode TR8 4AA
Beach Facilities in season – Cafes and restaurants, shop rental and surf lessons, lifeguards, beach bistros, sports activities and restrooms. Beach Access – Follow B3276 North from Newquay to Padstow and signs for Watergate Bay. Watergate Bay has two car parks.
Whipsiderry Beach – Whipsiderry Beach is a quiet sandy beach with high cliffs that provide perfect protection from the south wind. If you are looking for peace and quiet then this is a must visit beach as even in high season it is very quiet. This unusual name comes from the old mining term Whips and Derrick as this area was involved in mining many years ago.
Access is by foot around Perth Island at low tide or via steep concrete steps from the top of the cliff. There is a serious threat of disconnection in mid or high tide so make sure you know the tide times and be aware of your surroundings. This beach has many caves that open at low tide.
Beach Facilities in season – No Lifeguard service operates at Whipsiderry Beach or any facilities Beach Access – Whipsiderry Beach is located on the outskirts of Newquay past Porth Beach on Watergate Road B3276 from Newquay to Padstow. As you pass Porth Beach and climb to the top of the hill, Whipsiderry is on your left. There is no car park but parking should be available along the main road. There is a local bus service.