Watergate Bay

Two miles of golden sand backed by cliffs and caves, where the Atlantic swells produce reliable surf and peregrine falcons, gulls and fulmars wheel overhead. Spot strawberry anemones and crabs among the rock pools, walk along the clifftop, or book a surfing or traction kiting lesson with the excellent Extreme Academy on the beach.

Watergate Bay beach, about 3 miles from Newquay on the North Cornwall coast, is a large beach. Two miles of golden sand at low tide stretches towards Newquay and out to sea enormous waves come in from the Atlantic providing a spectacular sight and a popular surfing and kitesurfing spot.

It is a large, open bay and frequently picks up swell from the Atlantic and is popular with families and surfers. Watergate Bay is a 15 minute drive from Newquay or a 45 minute walk, however this is a strenuous walk with many hills and valleys.


There are several access paths down to the beach. The easiest access path is in front of the hotel in the valley. Sand chairs are available from Watergate Bay Hotel. Telephone: 01637860543. Sand chairs are provided by Cornwall Mobility in partnership with Disability Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.


There are two beach side car parks.

Lifeguard cover

There are RNLI lifeguards from 1st May to the 26th September, then weekends up to October Half-term when it’s manned all week (2021)

Dogs are allowed all year round


Cornwall Multi-Entry Multi-Directional Visitors Guide © Simon Newbound

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