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If you are taking a Newquay summer break you should read up on some of the great beaches the town has to offer. Most people will know of the famous Fistral Beach, but there is much more to Newquay than just Fistral.

Crantock Beach – this pretty golden beach is popular with both surfers and families. The river Gannel which runs through the beach others some great sheltered bathing, while the waves are ideal for surfers of all abilities.

Great Western Beach – is an ideal place to escape the heat of the morning sun, the high sea cliffs provide refreshing and cooling shade.

Harbour Beach – is located within the harbour wall of the town. It is the smallest beach in Newquay but the sheltered position and unpopularity with surfers makes it great for families with small children.

Lusty Glaze Beach – is one of the funnest beaches in town with volleyball, abseiling, children’s story telling and junior Baywatch just some of the great activities the beach has to offer. A number of different festivals take place on the beach during the year to add to even more great activities on offer.

Porth Beach – the beaches large tidal reach creates a large expanse of sand, ideal for those looking to create sand castles. The beach flanked by cliffs does not allow surfing and bans dogs from the beach.

Tolcarne Beach – makes up one of the four town centre beaches, the other being Great Western, Harbour and Towan. The beach is popular among families.

Towan Beach – located next to the quay, Towan is the most sheltered beach in Newquay. It has become popular with those you just want to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Watergate Bay – one of the largest beaches in the area with over 2 miles of golden sand gently lapped by a beautiful blue sea. As well as being picturesque the beach is great for people who like there extreme sports. The Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay is an outdoor sports centre who offers training, demonstrations and events for a range of sports.

Whipsiderry Beach – is found in a sheltered cove at Porth headland. The beach can only be accessed at low tide as at high tide it is totally submerged.

Fistral Beach – the most famous of all Newquay beaches, Fistral is at the heart of the town. Fistral is regarded as one of the premier beaches for surfing in the whole of Europe and regularly attracts thousands to try its waves. Each year the beach plays host to the Broadmaster festival, the largest skate, surf and music festival in Europe. As well as surfing Fistral’s waters are also ideal for a number of other water sports. Many Newquay hotels are just a stones throw from the beach meaning you can go from your hotel to the beach in a matter of minuets.


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