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Water Sports in Cornwall

In a county surrounded by the swell of the ocean, it’s no surprise there are plenty of ways to get out and about and enjoy the water. From gentle fishing to exhilarating surf, if you want to catch some good Cornish waves and get that adrenaline pumping, then Cornwall is a great place to choose for a holiday.

Accommodation ideal for a water sports holiday 

We have accommodation available on Cornwall’s north coast just 150 yards from the beach at Watergate Bay with Beachcombers Apartments having secure lockers and a wet room for storing and washing down surf boards and equipment. Bay Retreat Villas are ideally situated to make the most of the seven spectacular bays in the Padstow area and Porth Beach, near Newquay, is the location of BEST WESTERN Porth Veor Manor Hotel and a range of superb villas and apartments. If it’s the south coast you’d like to venture to, then stop off at Green Acres Cottages where you can get some extra practice in the indoor heated pool.


Cornwall is firmly on the surf map of the world, with Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach in Newquay catching the bug when it first came to Great Britain. By the 1960’s the sport had been firmly established and new, lighter fibreglass boards enabled quicker tricks and turns on the Atlantic breaks. Competitive surfing took off and championship events began to be held annually in Newquay. Today, there are dozens of surf schools dotted around all the beaches in Cornwall ready to help with equipment hire and tuition. Take a look at our Surfing breaks in Cornwall page for offers on surf holiday packages.


As well as the Atlantic and English Channel there are plenty of estuaries and rivers waiting to be explored in Cornwall. Whether sailing for pleasure or for the sport of fishing, harnessing the power of the wind and navigating the natural environment is a wonderful way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Cornwall.

Specialised Charters provide trips for fishing, photography and sightseeing onboard Obsession. Operating on the Lizard peninsula and in the Falmouth Bay area, the boat can take a maximum of 2 passengers, so personal attention is assured at all times.


Get to know Cornwall from a whole different perspective with Coasteering. Climbing then jumping from the granite cliffs into white water or exploring ancient cave systems is best done under knowledgeable guidance and can be great fun in a group. Companies such as Hot Rock Coasteer are specialists in the Newquay and North Cornwall area and will guide you through. 

Windsurfing, Jet skiing and more

Of course, there are lots of ways to enjoy the water and the beach as well. Cornwall hosts Polo on the Beach, Tall Ships, Regattas and even the National Bellyboarding Championships! Take a look at Active-8-Cornwall, a simple to use website for some of the very best holiday activities in Cornwall – Horse Riding – Canoeing – Wet & Wild Days – Coasteering – Surfing – Deep Sea Fishing, and much more. You can check availability and book on-line.