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Newquay Harbour

Newquay Harbour is a working fishing harbour protected by two walls. Towan beach is situated on the east of the harbour. The harbour dries out at low tide.

The working fishing boats mainly catch lobster and crab although up until the late 19th Century Newquay was known for it’s pilchard fishing.


Porthcothan Bay is a narrow sheltered cove with a lovely sandy beach which at low tide joins up with smaller areas of sand to form a really great place to explore rock pools.
The beach has a small stream running though it.
The cliffs on either side of the beach form a lovely picturesque scene.

Mawgan Porth

Situated mid way between Padstow and Newquay, Mawgan Porth is a lovely sandy cove with cliffs at either end and backed by dunes.

Mawgan Porth is a popular surfing beach.

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is a vast sandy beach backed by high cliffs. The area of sand is up to 2 miles long making it a fantastic beach for kite flying, kite surfing and kite buggying.

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall, is situated just above the beach.


Porth beach faces northwest and is an easily accessible family beach.


Tolcarne is a large sandy beach which is surrounded by high cliffs. Tolcarne is a popular family beach.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach is best known as a surfing beach. Many surfing championships are held at Fistral Beach.

When there is a lot of swell, the waves break on a reef at the north end of the beach causing ‘big waves’ ideal for surfing.


Towan beach is a large sandy beach backed by a sea wall.

Towan Island is situated at the east end of the beach and is joined to the mainland by a small suspension bridge.

Newquay Sealife Centre is located to the rear of Towan beach.

Sea Fishing in Newquay area

The beaches at Newquay are good for bass fishing. You can also catch some decent sized turbot and plaice. We recommend fishing on the incoming tide as you are more likely to catch.

Festivals and Regattas in Newquay area

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