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Watergate Bay, Newquay

(4.6/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Watergate Bay by using our Newquay itinerary planner.
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  • So much clean sand should never be crowded. Didn't venture in the sea as far too cold but must be the place for water sports & surfing. 
  • We alaways stop here on our way to Padstow the view is just sensational I could sit here for hours just taking it all in and taking some great photos. 
  • In the spring and summer this is a really lovely way to spend a few hours. It is not overly strenuous and the scenery is absolutely spectacular. We usually walk to Watergate Bay and take a blanket. We...  more »