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Newquay is one of Cornwall’s best towns to visit for its proximity to the beach and its rank as one of the best family holiday destinations by Coast magazine. It’s not hard to see why. The first time we looked at this beautiful little town via an aerial photo, we were stunned by the blue hues of the water, the deep green of the cliffs, and the gorgeous colorful explosion of the promenade and downtown area.
With eleven different beaches, an infectious energy and uptown vibe, and Newquay is a great place for holiday-goers with children or for young people looking for an affordable yet super fun home away from home.
For a posh and relaxed vacation, we highly recommend staying in Pentire Head. With its modern builds and beautiful views of not one but two of Newquay’s beaches, you definitely won’t regret a stay here. While many would recommend one of the resorts lower down on the beach, we definitely think this place is worth the short walk to the top of the hill. Opt for a vacation rental up here to really experience this neighborhood’s finer side of life.
If you want to be in the middle of the action we highly recommend staying in Towan Beach. With easy access to the sand and surf, the promenade, and countless restaurants and bars, this is definitely the place to be. There are several new boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts in this area, some of which have ocean views, that we would recommend to make sure that you have easy access to the action.
Crantock is a little seaside town a little ways outside of the main area of Newquay, but we really enjoy this little seaside town. It has a good sandy beach for walking and for surfing, but as it is about two miles from the city centre of Newquay, it’s much more calm. There is a small hotel here, but we recommend staying in a holiday rental or room with a local family to really appreciate the flavor of this charming hamlet.
Obviously, there are at minimum seven beaches, but really eleven beaches that are perfect for strolling around, picnics, and surfing. But there is so much more to be said about the little town of Newquay for visitors. The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Center, a military museum, has an incredible display of military artifacts and exhibits that will be sure to inspire any history buff who visits.
If you’re traveling with little ones, Newquay has plenty to offer off the sand to delight children of all shapes and sizes. One of our favorite things to visit in Newquay is the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, which is a charming steam train that takes visitors through three miles of track and deposits them in a charming park complete with cafe, boating lake, crazy golf, and more. Holywell Bay Fun Park is also an incredibly fun theme park for kids of all shapes and sizes. We personally loved the bumper cars the most!
Unlike many other towns in England that we’ve visited, the weather in Newquay is unseasonably warm very early in the year. Flowers start blooming in January through February, and April and May is peak for hedgerow flowers and edible flowers.
July and August are very warm and dry, and the fall is very wet, but possibly less crowded. Overall, bring a light jacket as it tends to get quite cold and windy at night.