Beaches are the lifeblood of Cornwall. From long-stretching, untouched acres of sand to rugged and wild rocky cliffs, it's these pockets of coastal beauty which set the county apart from the rest of the United Kingdom.
Just around the corner from the always bustling surf-centre of Newquay lies Crantock Beach. Sitting on the estuary of the River Gannet, this spectacular beach provides a peaceful alternative to the county's most-visited tourist town. With plenty of local hotels to choose from, Crantock makes an ideal spot for holidaymakers.
Learn to Surf in Peace
The wide beach at Crantock picks up some of the best swells coming in off the Atlantic, making it an ideal surf spot in pretty much all conditions. Thanks to its gently shelving sand, it's suitable for riders of all abilities. While Newquay's Fistral and Towan beaches are drowned in crowds through the summer months, Crantock Beach offers 'kooks' (newbies!) the chance to get to grips with their boards in relative peace.
Stunning Natural Beauty
What most people come to Cornwall for is the incredible natural beauty. Crantock offers the best of that, promising a diverse landscape of sand dunes, river banks and green headlands.
The tidal river runs a ferry service across to Fern Pit, an idyllic place for a spot of lunch. The river also offers a unique chance for sheltered bathing, away from the lively surf of the Atlantic.
Accommodation near Crantock Beach
With so many of the best hotels in Cornwall practically within touching distance, visitors to Crantock Beach are simply spoiled for choice. There are a handful of hotels on the Pentire headland, on the Northern side of the River Gannet. The Pentire Hotel boasts an indoor pool, while the Eslandade Hotel offers breathtaking views out to sea.
Those seeking accommodation in a livelier area can head into Newquay centre, still just 15 minutes away from Crantock Beach. The Headland Hotel and Spa is one of the town's premier hotels, offering luxurious facilities and an enchanting view out across Fistral Beach, probably the most famous beach in the county.
There are a smattering of intimate and friendly B&Bs in the centre of Newquay. St. Bernard's Guest House is conveniently close to the train station, while The Three Tees offers unrivalled access to the Towan Beach.