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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 Headland Hotel and Spa £115
The Headland Hotel and Spa

The Headland Hotel and Spa

Fistral Beach, Newquay
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 381 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Newquay hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fistral Beach and Huer's Hut. Towan Beach and Newquay Golf Club are also within 15 minutes.

    The Esplanade Hotel £45
    The Esplanade Hotel

    The Esplanade Hotel

    Esplande Road, Newquay
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 175 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

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

      Pentire Hotel £34
      Pentire Hotel

      Pentire Hotel

      Pentire Avenue, Newquay
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 120 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Crantock Beach and Fistral Beach. Newquay Golf Club and Pirate's Quest Newquay are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        The Atlantic Hotel £118
        The Atlantic Hotel

        The Atlantic Hotel

        Dane Road, Newquay
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 222 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

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

          Lewinnick Lodge £108
          Lewinnick Lodge

          Lewinnick Lodge

          Pentire Headland, Newquay
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 53 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach, this inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of Crantock Beach and Fistral Beach. Newquay Golf Club and Pirate's Quest Newquay are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Hotel Victoria £29
            Hotel Victoria

            Hotel Victoria

            East Street, Newquay
               
              3.8
              of 5, from 547 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 Great Western Beach. Blue Reef Aquarium and Towan Beach are also within 10 minutes.

              Carnmarth Hotel £50
              Carnmarth Hotel

              Carnmarth Hotel

              Headland Road, Newquay
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 13 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

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

                The Quies £42
                The Quies

                The Quies

                26 Mount Wise, Newquay
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 126 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Pirate's Quest Newquay, Newquay Parish Church and Towan Beach. Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Golf Club are also within 10 minutes.