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Surfing Holidays in Cornwall

There are over 300 beaches to pick from in Cornwall. But those looking for the best surf would have to travel far to beat the incredible waves in Newquay. When looking for surfing holidays in Cornwall, it’s important to pick a location where you have easy access to some of the region’s best surfing beaches. Our self-catering accommodation in and around Newquay is ideal for those who want to walk to the beach in their wetsuit. Check out our top Cornish surfing hot spots close to our accommodation.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Known as the home of British surfing, this 750-metre beach is renowned for its exceptional surf conditions. Fistral can provide first-class waves and hold swells up to 8ft. This beach is also famous for spotting the annual Cribbar wave which triggers as the waves crash over the reef. This wave can be in excess of 30ft! Our Rocklands and Zinc Apartments boast breath-taking sea views overlooking Tolcarne and Fistral beach respectively. Meaning you never have to miss a moment of the action. 

Watergate Bay

Our town centre properties make a great base for heading over to Watergate Bay beach for a day of surfing. Whether you choose the stunning walk along the coast path or jump in the car, this beach is just over 2 miles north of the centre of Newquay. The two-mile stretch of sand enjoys enormous waves coming in from the Atlantic. It also has the highest standard of UK bathing water. There are RNLI lifeguards here from mid-May to the end of September.

Towan Beach, Newquay

This beach is in the heart of Newquay town itself. This area is popular with surfers as due to its sheltered location it experiences regular conditions which are great for first timers and those looking for a gentler ride!


This beach is set behind rolling sand-dunes and has impressive surfing conditions. It’s easily accessible from the village and is close to some of our more rural holiday cottages. Early in the morning you might find you’re sharing the shallows with a few horses and their riders having a paddle, but the huge beach is big enough to make you feel like you have the place to yourself.

We recommend first-timers and families looking for surfing holidays in Cornwall check out Newquay Activity Centre and learn some useful tips and tricks which will help them master the waves in no time.

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