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Fistral Beach  



The most iconic beach in Newquay is Fistral Beach, simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. The surf is consistent and at high tide the beach is shelving which can create a shore break.


Fistral is the perfect for the family, beautiful long and sandy beach witch is backed by rocks and cliffs. The beach offers this and so much more with all the facilities it has on the sea front, including surf equipment hire and surf lessons, toilets, showers, cafes, and a restaurants.


For surfers and watersports the beach is split between North and South Fistral, both giving different experiences.


North Fistral:- Works best at all tides when big swells are coming in. On low tide, some cracking barrels and peaks are produced. Mainly a right hander with submerged rocks and rips for lefts during high tide. Good for beginners although can get very crowded in summer.


South Fistral:- Usually left breaks here and best from mid to high tide. Best swell direction west southwest. South to southeast wind is offshore. Suitable for beginners although watch for dangerous rips.

Fistral beach is not only famous for surfing but is also the perfect setting for festivals and events that are held here every year. Events like Boardmasters - Europes largest surf and skate festival held in August, the UK ZapCat championships in April and August, the English National Surfing Championship, night surfing and the King of the Groms Junior Surf Festival.


Fistral beach has lifeguards during the summer months that patrol each and everyday, from morning till dusk, so you can feel very safe if you fancy a swim. Please be sure to observe the flags, and the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Newquay Harbour (0.6m)


Towan Beach (0.7m)


Tolcarne Beach (1.0m)


Great Western Beach (1.0m)


Crantock Beach (1.4m)


River Gannel (1.4m)


Lusty Glaze (1.5m)


Porth Beach (1.9m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities

Sandy with rocky outcrops

Car Park above the beach

Lifeguard Service Facilities

RNLI Lifeguard cover from May to October

Shops, cafe and Toilets, Showers.

Surf hire

Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dogs allowed all year round.

Disabled parking, easy access to the beach.

Sand chair hire. Toilets


OS Grid Reference - SW 80046 62235

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 180046 : 062235

Postcode (nearest) TR7 1HY

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW800622

Latitude : Longitude : 50.418691 : -5.0976241



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