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The surfing town of Newquay lies along the north coast of Cornwall, in sunny South West England. It's known for its sandy beaches and consistently good Atlantic swells. It's got a reputation for lively nightlife, fuelled by an almost endless number of backpackers passing through during the summer months. That's no surprise, as you'll realise when you catch your first glimpse of the town's golden beaches, which flank several coves backed by towering Cornish cliffs. Then there's the stone-walled harbour that runs along its edge, protecting a jumble of Victorian seaside abodes and encircling the colourful fishing boats anchored up along it. There's more than just the sun-drenched beaches, though. In recent years, a wave of new waterfront restaurants and trendy bars have been helping to change the town's image to a more upmarket destination. Throw in some ocean-inspired attractions, some fine Newquay bed and breakfasts, and a network of spectacular coastal walking trails nearby, and you've got the makings of a fine weekend getaway.
Like most British seaside resorts, the town's accommodation offerings have always been dominated by Newquay bed and breakfasts. Over the last decade, many have upped their game to compete with the hotels, shedding their image of having drab 1970s interiors. Today, you can find B&Bs housed within beautifully decorated Victorian terraced houses that offer just a handful of guestrooms to a limited number of exclusive guests, or handsome residences along the waterfront, offering views over the beach and the ocean beyond. There's a smattering of super-modern bed and breakfasts in Newquay, as well as several country cottages perched on the clifftops just outside town, overlooking the sea. You can find your perfect match on Expedia by using the price and location filters to refine the results. Once you've found what you're looking for, you can instantly book up in just a few clicks.
These days, the bed and breakfasts in Newquay have a ton of facilities. The guestrooms are typically stocked with kettles, flat-screen TVs and comfortable double beds. If free parking, ensuite bathrooms or pet-friendly rooms are important, you won't have any trouble finding them, either. You'll always be assured of a home-cooked breakfast each morning and, if you fancy a night in, many offer light lunches and dinners, sometimes with a bar service. The friendly owners are known to strike up friendships with those who come to stay and see their guests return year on year. If you're on a whistle-stop tour of the South West, consider making the region's largest city, Bristol, your next stop.
You can't really say that you've been to Newquay if you haven't tried the surf. If you're not sure how to pop up, there are several outfits in town offering lessons that will get you riding the waves in no time. The adventures near your Newquay bed and breakfast don't stop there. This coastline offers a plethora of outdoor family fun, from coastal hiking to bike riding, and sea safaris to fishing charters.
When it comes to family attractions, Newquay has you covered. You can take the little ones to the county's largest zoo or catch a glimpse of the sharks at the aquarium. Just outside the town, you'll find several award-winning theme parks, like Flambards or Camel Creek, where you can dive for cover if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Alternatively, there are more grown up attractions, like Trerice Manor House, an Elizabethan National Trust property that opens its doors and stately English gardens to the public all year round.