There are at least seven beaches in Newquay – I say at least, which is odd as you’d expect that somebody would be able to count them easily enough!
This means that there are at least enough beaches for you to go to different beaches in Newquay every day for a week! There’s over 200 miles of coastline around Cornwall and, with Newquay being in the middle of Cornwall on the north coast, this means that you’re well placed to reach any of them.
However, the question with beaches in Newquay is where you set the outer limits. So here’s my list of Newquay beaches, from East to West:
- Watergate Beach, Watergate Bay
- Whipsiderry Beach, Porth
- Porth Beach, Porth
- Lusty Glaze Beach
- Tolcarne Beach
- Great Western Beach, Newquay
- Towan Beach, Newquay
- Harbour Beach
- Little Fistral Beach
- Fistral Beach, Newquay
- Crantock Beach, Pentire
Now – I make that 11. Even if you discount the first and last, there’s still 9.
Each of the beaches in Newquay has different characteristics and attributes that make it attractive, or not, to various people. Some might love the idea of 100+ narrow steps down to a beach, whereas others would be completely wishing to avoid this at all cost.
Below is a quick overview, to help you pick the right beach for your needs, or to maybe think about which beach you want to be nearest to if you’re booking a beach holiday in Newquay:
|Newquay Beach||Car Park||Easy Access||Food||Loos|
|Watergate Bay||Yes||Yes||Yes, including Fifteen Restaurant||Yes|
|Whipsiderry Beach||No||No, steep steps||No||No|
|Porth Beach||Yes, on the beach||Yes, it's all flat||Yes, shops, pub and cafe||Yes|
|Lusty Glaze Beach||Yes, at the top||No, steep steps||Yes, bistro/bar||Yes|
|Tolcarne Beach||No||No, 130 steep steps or a steep walkway||Yes, restaurant, takeaway, bar||Yes|
|Great Western Beach||No||No, steep road down||No, small shop||Yes|
|Towan Beach||Yes, small car park||Yes, if you park in the car park||Yes, cafes||No|
|Harbour Beach||Yes, small car park||Yes, if you park in the car park||Yes, cafe, pasties at the Rowing Club||Yes|
|Little Fistral||Yes||Yes||No, although often an ice cream van in summer.||Yes|
|Fistral North||Yes||Yes||Yes, takeaway, restaurant||Yes|
|Fistral South||No, on road parking||Yes, narrow steps||Yes, cafe/bistro by the steps||No|
|Crantock Beach||Yes||No as you have to walk over the sand dune||Yes, cafe. At low tide there's the Fern Pit Cafe on the north side.||Yes|
remwbay beach towel
Image © Rob Noble: Surf Boards at Fistral Beach