Fistral Beach - Newquay
Fistral Beach is iconic and it is also one of my favourite Newquay beaches! Not only is it a fantastic place to surf, body board and swim, but it is also great for walking along, wave watching and for beach barbeques with stunning sunsets.
It is a long sandy beach with sand dunes behind it and rocky headlands at either end. The constant Atlantic swell makes for great surfing year round. In the summer months, Fistral beach is understandingly packed with holdiay makers and sun worshippers but for the rest of the year it is well used by surfers and dog walkers.
Access to the beach is by the main Fistral Beach carpark at the North end of the beach. Here you will find restaurants, the beach bar, shops and kiosks for pasties, icecreams and drinks. There are also toilets and showers for which you can buy tokens at the Fistral Beach surf hire kiosk.
From the south end of the beach, you may be able to park along Esplanade Road or the surrounding roads. Parking restructions will vary at different times of year. The beach can be accessed via the stairwell or newly construction pathway from the dunes at the top. There is a rocky outcrop at South Fistral which you may need to climb over to acces the main part of the beach, if accessing via the stairs, depending on the tide. For food and refreshments, Seaspray cafe can be found in the cliff at the bottom of the beach steps. There is a rocky outcrop at South Fistral which you may need to climb over to acces the main part of the beach depending on the tide.
If you would like to try surfing or body boarding, there are a number of surf schools offering lessons, board and wetsuit hire including Fistral Surf School at the International Surf Centre at the North end of the beach and Quik Silver surf school by the Esplanade Hotel on the cliff tops at the south end of the beach.
Whether you are swimming or surfing stay safe on Fistral Beach by being aware of the tides and sometimes string currents. The RNLI patrol the beach between 10am and 6pm April to and October each year. You should always swim, body board and pratice surfing between the flags. For more details about safety on Fistral beach here.
If you are visiting Fistral Beach, please remember to take all of your rubbish home with you and leave only footprints. For those that would like to help with conservation of the local area, there is a monthly beach clean on the last Saturday of each month. Volunteers meet at South Fistral underneath the Seaspray cafe at 9am.
Events to look out for at Fistral Beach include Boardmasters music festival, silent disco yoga and various surf competitions including the Longboard classics.
Website: Fistral Beach