Discover Newquay

Enjoy the beaches Newquay has to offer!

Best known for gnarly surf dudes, awesome abs and creamy ice creams (what a contradiction!)  Newquay has a definite beach culture.  It might be autumn as I write, but as the rest of the country huddles indoors lamenting the end of another British summertime (what a contradiction!) the outdoor mecca that is Newquay, Cornwall is always there for activity lovers.

Once the summer crowds have gone, Newquay’s seven town beaches are wide open and both sea and land are full of ideal autumn activities. Accompanied by spectacular surf, rejuvenating beach and riverside walks and a diverse choice of some of the very best dining, accommodation and activity options that Cornwall has to offer, there couldn’t be a better time to explore the town’s hidden gems.

Friday Night:

We know that you might have had to make a bit of a mission to get down to the coast and perhaps you want the choice of doing it by rail. For that reason, we recommend staying close to the Newquay railway station so you can get to and from the coast with ease and for the option of inviting people up to stay with you from other parts of Britain. You can also come in to the nearby stations of Quintrell Downs or St Columb Road.

This quaint area of Newquay is home to gorgeous beaches, wonderful sandy shores, cafes and restaurants as well as the nearby Newquay zoo, blue reef aquarium and St Agnes leisure park so it’s a great place for stag and hen parties, family trips, romantic breaks or just for activity lovers who want something to do for a whole weekend.

Rest assured you will have plenty to do. First, let’s talk accomodation. We say you should stay at one of these lovely hotels- we’ve taken a bit of a luxury edge for this one, but after a day of surfing, kayaking or potholing, we think you’ll probably appreciate it. (You’re welcome.)

The Esplande's lounge

Esplanade Hotel is a premier hotel, so smash that credit card out of it’s icy hiding place or moth filled wallet for this one. It’s good though. Awarded 80% by the AA, this is the highest rates 3 star in Newquay.With 90 en-suite rooms with panoramic views over Fistral Beach (which made an appearance on Don’t Tell The Bride, should you watch BBC3 of an evening) with satellite television for when nature loses its sheen, this is a luxury lodging ideal for couples wanting to recreate the days before wet towels on the floor, council tax and hairs in the tub.

If you like luxury but aren’t 100% sold on a hotel, or have luggage with you to put Elton John to shame, look at an apartment.

The views from Esplande

You could have a lovely weekend in the Tolcarne Beach Apartments.

These are undeniably lovely luxury apartments with sea balconies, self-contained facilities , and access to the Tolcarne beach by foot from just  130 cliff steps (You can count them.)

The Tolcarne Beach Apartments


You can hire out surf equipment, wetsuits and surf lessons as well as that British favourite- a beach hut and a deck chair when you get to the beach. Tea and scones need to be brought with you though.

If that’s all a bit relient on you talking to your guests and you want plenty of time to escape your loved ones or beat them in competive games, then you need to try out the all singing, all dancing, all swimming and all bowling Hotel California.

Oh yes.

“Welcome to the Hotel California….Such a lovely place… ” Sorry. No more singing for us. Not after the last incident with that double glazing. Anyway, this is a 10 minute walk away from the main town of Newquay, so is great for being near the heart of everything and is an excellent choice for families who want kids to be able to run free and wild (within safe, pre agreed boundaries, obviously).

This is a family run hotel which boasts a restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools and a 4 lane American Ten Pin Bowling Alley. You will go to sleep in the views of the Gannel Estuary towards Crantock Beach. Pets are welcome too, so Lassie can come.


We recommend that you check out the wonderful Crantock beach.  A wide expanse of golden beach 15 minutes drive from Newquay Town Centre with a National Trust operated car park this is a great way to spend a day.

Alternatively, it’s well worth taking a trip down to the lusciously named Lusty Glaze Beach, a sandy beach shaped like a horseshoe with high cliffs  and beautiful views of the sea. With a 125 foot zip wire. You can also enjoy a day of  abseiling, surfing, coasterring, kitesurfing, jet skiing, mountain biking or walking.

The surf in Newquay is almost unrivalled, which means you definitely need to get out there and try your hand at it.

You can pick from any number of surf schools and look out, as many people find they spot dolphins, seals and any number of marine bird species out in the waters, especially in the quieter coves.

Afterwards head to The Fort Inn– Newquay’s family pub overlooking Newquay bay and Harbour.  Adults can relax with a drink and some food  whilst the children can run amock soft play area inside or on the safe climbing fort outside.

If you’re without kids then you can always head to the Beach Club Nightclub on beach road for a dance (expect the Baywatch theme), unless the surfings ‘wiped you out’. (Sorry.)


The cliffs of Newquay are wonderful peaks, and can be conquered by scrambling them. As well as scrambling, coasteering is easy to do in Newquay, with plenty of experts able to take families, groups or couples.

Secret caves, blowholes and plunge pools can all be explored around the Crantock beach in the morning, followed by a Cornish breakfast at the local Cafe Irie before you hit the road!

What are your secret spots in Newquay?


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