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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 £180
The Headland Hotel and Spa

The Headland Hotel and Spa

Fistral Beach, Newquay, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Newquay hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fistral Beach and Blue Reef Aquarium. Newquay Zoo and Tolcarne Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Newquay Station is 23 minutes by foot.

    The Esplanade Hotel £80
    The Esplanade Hotel

    The Esplanade Hotel

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newquay Golf Club and Fistral Beach. Towan Beach and Blue Reef Aquarium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Newquay Station is 27 minutes by foot.

      Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only £120
      Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only

      Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Newquay, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newquay Golf Club and Fistral Beach. Blue Reef Aquarium and Pirate's Quest Newquay are also within 1 mile (2 km). Newquay Station is 29 minutes by foot.

        The Atlantic Hotel £146
        The Atlantic Hotel

        The Atlantic Hotel

        Dane Road, Newquay, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huer's Hut and Fistral Beach. Porth Beach is 1.9 mi (3 km) away. Newquay Station is 20 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Victoria £65
          Hotel Victoria

          Hotel Victoria

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Newquay City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newquay Parish Church and Fistral Beach. Porth Beach and Watergate Bay Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km). Newquay Station is 6 minutes by foot.

            Pentire Hotel £72
            Pentire Hotel

            Pentire Hotel

               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

              Kirribilli Guest House £46
              Kirribilli Guest House

              Kirribilli Guest House

              134 Mount Wise, Newquay, England
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Pirate's Quest Newquay and Fistral Beach. Porth Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Newquay Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                Lewinnick Lodge £180
                Lewinnick Lodge

                Lewinnick Lodge

                Pentire Headland, Newquay, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Crantock Beach and Fistral Beach. Porth Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.