The Beach Guide

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay - Cornwall

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Watergate Bay is a large open sandy beach located about 3 miles from Newquay. This beach absolutely radiates space but it still tends to get reasonably busy around the main car park in front of the Watergate Hotel.

Being north-westerly facing means Watergate picks up most Atlantic swells going which makes it popular with surfers. It also picks up the wind, which is good news for the kite-surfers but can make it a little breezy.

There are several points from which the beach can be accessed along the cliffs, but by far the easiest is from the valley, where all the facilities are. It is also worth noting much of the beach disappears at high tide.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Deck chair hire

    Nearest town



    TR8 4AA

    OS grid ref.

    SW 8417 6484

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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