Watergate Bay Beach
Holidaymakers camping near Newquay are treated to a host of local spectacular beaches, and Watergate Bay Beach is one of several cracking bays along this part of the North Cornwall coast.
It's located around 3 miles north of Newquay, boasting a vast ocean of flat golden sands that stretches for 2 miles at low tide.
Positioned near Porth Beach and just south from the Mawgan Porth headland, this large sandy bay is flanked by steep cliffs and offers plenty of room for families, surfers, sun-seekers and dog-walkers (dogs are allowed all year round).
Its generous shoreline, powerful Atlantic swells and crashing breakers make it a hit with surfers and watersports enthusiasts from all walks of life.
Families laden with buckets and spades are well catered-for at Watergate Bay Beach, thanks to its ample sands, tiny rockpools and good local amenities.
There are cafes and restaurants on the seafront including the Beach Hut and Jamie Oliver's stylish 'Fifteen' restaurant, and a good selection of cafes, tearooms and pubs nearby. Regular events take place on the sands such as festivals and the annual Polo on the Beach tournament.
If you're here to get active, head to the Extreme Academy sports school and hire centre which is based on the beach - you can try your hand at all manners of sports throughout the year such as surfing, kitesurfing, standup paddle surfing and waveski.
There are two public car parks, toilets, a beach shop, and several access paths down to the beach. RNLI lifeguards monitor the beach from mid May until the end of September.
Tel: 01637 854020
From the A30, follow the signs to Newquay airport, then follow the signs to Watergate Bay. Parking is available at Watergate Bay.