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Newquay Town Beaches

With all the hype around Fistral Beach, UK surfers often forget that Newquay has another small bay right in the centre of town. This busy, often sheltered surf spot is great for beginners surf lessons Newquay and intermediates alike and can offer good waves year round.

Although not possible to surf at high tide, the Newquay Bay offers a great alternative when the swell at Fistral is big and blown out and on its day can produce some fun waves.

Perfect for beginners

Newquay Town Beach is a sheltered beach break. It faces North north West and can enjoy fairly consistent Atlantic swell throughout the year. The Newquay Bay has many peaks due to the Bay opening up the coastline connecting several coves and beaches at low tide.

The Newquay Bay can be divided up by its individual beach names:


Towan meaning “sand dune” in Cornish is located right in the centre of Newquay town making it reallyaccessible for people on holiday and surfers alike.


Towanor Town beach is commonly used for bathers and surfers wanting calmer area to practice their skills, it generally being calmer due to the direction of which the bay faces. Here the waves will break left and right and is often a great place to surf when conditions at Fistral beach may seem too much.

“Harbour Left”

In certain conditions the Bay can offer a left hand wave which breaks off Newquay’s harbour wall, known as Harbour Left. . It’s at its best with offshore winds blowing from the South West although can be quite forgiving in other light wind directions.

Read more about the Newquay Town Beaches in our guide to our most popular Surf Locations.

Top Tips from Cornish Wave:

Being so close to town means this spot gets super crowded in the Summer – good etiquette is essential

Always pay attention to the life guard flags and other water users around you.

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