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Watergate Bay, Newquay

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Renowned for its kite surfing, sand art, and surfing, Watergate Bay boasts a 3 km (2 mi) long stretch of sandy beach with a northwestern exposure. This ultra-clean beach has excellent restaurants on site (notably one opened by chef Jamie Oliver) and plenty of parking. Take advantage of the windy conditions and get out on the water--you can rent equipment here, so you don't need to bring your own. The rocky cliffs provide ample opportunity to explore caves and rock pools. Other nearby activities include canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. When you tire of all that activity, stop at one of the several quaint beachfront cafes. If traveling with your four-legged friend, note that the beach area welcomes dogs. The sandy shoreline is best at low tide, as the incoming high tide submerges the beach. Plan your visit to Watergate Bay and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Newquay trip planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    This is another great Cornish beach, long and wide and with the RNLI on watch with safe swimming and surf zones. There are a lot of surf schools around the bay and outside of the safe zones there are ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Watergate Bay is absolutely stunning. I thought it was even nicer than the more famous Fistral beach. Would definitely recommend a visit.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Watergate Bay is a busy beach, a with the cliffs to protect from the wind. The car park is close but a short steep slope may not be ideal for those who struggle on their feet. beach is sandy and you c...  more »

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