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Fistral Beach

Bring your board to one of the best surfing spots in the country and attempt to ride the crashing Atlantic waves.

With its constant stream of waves, Fistral Beach is one of Newquay’s primary surfer hangouts. The beach, which faces the choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, is the setting for international surfing competitions and even has its own surfing museum. Learn to surf in one of England’s most well-known beaches.

Bring your board out on the choppy water to experience the powerful swells. Walk north to the Cribbar, a reef famous for its huge waves. Watch experienced surfers tackle the notoriously dangerous waves. The reef is also known as the Widow Maker and when conditions are right, can produce swells of up to 30 feet (9 meters).

Beginners can rent surf equipment on the beach and take lessons from the Fistral Beach Surf School on the northern end of the stretch of sand. Attend one of the events held on the beach, such as Boardmasters surf and music festival in August. The beach also holds other events such as night surfing and music festivals.

If you’d rather stay dry, find a spot on the sand and lay out and sunbathe. Walk the entirety of the beach, from Towan Head headland at the northern end to Pentire Point East at the south. As you stroll along the beach, pause to admire views of the long sweep of sand and observe daredevil surfers riding the crests of large, foamy waves. Overlooking the beach are several restaurants and cafés serving local dishes such as fish and chips.

Lifeguards patrol the area from May to September and on busy weekends outside of that period. Fistral Bay is on Cornwall’s northern shore between Newquay and Pentire. The beach borders Newquay Golf Course, which has stunning views looking out over Fistral Bay. Drive here from Newquay railway station and leave your car in one of the parking lot’s 200 spaces. While the beach is free to enter, drivers will have to pay a small fee for parking.


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The Esplanade Hotel

The Esplanade Hotel

Esplande Road, Newquay
4.2
of 5, from 45 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Newquay, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fistral Beach, Newquay Golf Club, and Pirate's Quest Newquay. Blue Reef Aquarium and Towan Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£92
The Headland Hotel and Spa

The Headland Hotel and Spa

Fistral Beach, Newquay
4.2
of 5, from 141 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Just 300 feet from Fistral Beach, the family-friendly Headland Hotel is within a mile of Newquay Harbour, Towan Beach, and the Blue Reef Aquarium. The world-famous Eden Project is 14 miles away.

£63
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa

Esplanade Road, Newquay
4.6
of 5, from 28 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Newquay, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fistral Beach, Newquay Golf Club, and Pirate's Quest Newquay. Blue Reef Aquarium and Towan Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£52
Pentire Hotel

Pentire Hotel

Pentire Avenue, Newquay
3.5
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fistral Beach, Crantock Beach, and Newquay Golf Club. Pirate's Quest Newquay and Blue Reef Aquarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£84
The Atlantic Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel

Dane Road, Newquay
4.2
of 5, from 85 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huer's Hut and Newquay Golf Club. Blue Reef Aquarium and Towan Beach are also within 15 minutes.

£52
Hotel California

Hotel California

Pentire Crescent, Newquay
1.7
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Newquay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fistral Beach, Newquay Golf Club, and Pirate's Quest Newquay. Blue Reef Aquarium and Towan Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Breakers Lodge - Hostel

Breakers Lodge - Hostel

12 Atlantic Road, Newquay
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Newquay, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Newquay Golf Club and Blue Reef Aquarium. Towan Beach and Pirate's Quest Newquay are also within 15 minutes.

£33
Hotel Victoria

Hotel Victoria

East Street, Newquay
3.6
of 5, from 172 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Newquay Parish Church, Pirate's Quest Newquay, and Blue Reef Aquarium. Towan Beach and Newquay Golf Club are also within 15 minutes.