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All about Watergate Bay

Situated on the north coast of Cornwall, Watergate Bay has made itself a name for that lasting combination of laid back surf and great food. The west facing sandy beach provides a roller coaster of breaking waves and with its Atlantic vista making for spectacular sunsets, it’s an all day, all year type of place.

Beach living

The 2 miles of golden beach at the bay are extended by walks across the cliff tops to the beaches in Newquay to the south and Padstow to the east. Watergate Bay beach itself offers long areas of smooth golden sand as well as rocky outcrops to the sides of the arched bay, perfect for a spot of rock pooling. With its steep rugged cliffs sheltering it, the sand is plentiful, even at high tide. 

Ride the waves

Undoubtedly Watergate Bay is famous for its surf. Whether you’re a novice or experienced, the Atlantic swells have provided great conditions for all water sports and with the Extreme Academy situated right on the beach front, equipment and tuition are on hand throughout the year. Annual surf competitions are complimented by Polo on the Beach, Thundercat racing and stand up Paddleboarding competitions, great for enthusiasts and spectators alike. The beach has RNLI lifeguards throughout the peak season from 10am until 6pm as there can be strong rips in either direction in the water, a major surf bonus but worth watching out for before wading in too far.

As well as surfing; paddle boarding, kite surfing, bodyboarding and good old fashioned kite flying are all popular. The beach is very family friendly and a bucket and spade and dollop of suncream may well be all that’s needed. 

Watergate Bay from Fifteen Restaurant



The Food

Be it breakfast, brunch or evening meal, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the great restaurants and eateries surrounding the beach. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall with its Italian style dishes, Zachry’s classic brasserie and The Beach Hut’s gourmet burgers are complimented by British themed food at The Phoenix Pub. Smaller cafés provide some delicious cakes and coffee whilst an extreme hot chocolate from The Beach Hut is an indulgence worth experiencing. Making the most of fresh seasonal produce, Fifteen have collaborated with the Cornwall Food Foundation and regular farmers markets and foodie fayre’s take place in the car park, keeping the spotlight on the great Cornish larder to hand and mapping Watergate Bay as a culinary cache not to be missed. However, with some of the restaurants now internationally renown, pre-booking is advised for lunch and dinner dining!  

Practically speaking

The beach is easy to access with a pay and display car park situated centrally right at the entrance and a further pay and display car park just over the road where toilet facilities including shower areas are easily accessible. Newquay Airport is just 2 miles up the road where it’s advisable to pre-book a taxi or check the First Bus timetable which offers a regular bus service.

Beachcombers, Waves Apartments and Tregurrian Villas all surround the beach and are no more than 200 yards away,  so everything is accessible and close at hand. Newquay town and beaches are just 3.5 miles away and Padstow 11 miles, with seven beautiful bays and beaches along the way.

For such a laid back atmosphere there’s a lot going on!

Beachcombers views

View from Beachcombers

Waves bedroom