Watergate Bay

A beautiful 2.5 mile long beach bordering the Northern side of Newquay

Beautifully long Sandy beach, where you can easily escape the crowds of summer with just a short walk. Lots of peaks. Sometimes closes out at low tide. Has a large tidal range so is worth checking before you hit the beach. Webcam and daily surf reports are available from the Watergate Bay Hotel, and Shop On the Beach. Perfect location to escape the Newquay crowds!

A great wave for all levels of surfer. Lifeguarded from 10 - 6 daily from May - September. Strong lateral rip currents and large tides. Westerlay facing exposed bay that picks up lots of swell, but easily affected by the wind conditions

The beach has plenty of parking and facilities including a surf school, surf shops, cafes, restaurants, toilets, surf renatls and accommodation right on the beach. Only a short trip into Newquay town or the nearby fishing village of Padstow.

Attendance Week
Attendance Weekend
Best Tide Position
All Tides
Best Tide Movement
Rising Tide
Rips undertow
Very Consistent
Good Swell Direction
Good Wind Direction
Holds up to
2m (6ft)
Max Length of Wave
Long (150m - 300m)
Normal Length of Wave
Normal (50m - 150m)
Starts Working
Less than 1m (3ft)
Surf Level
All Surfers
Type of Bottom
Type of Wave
Wave Direction
Left- and Righthander
Wave Power


Newquay, Cornwall
TR8 4AA Watergate Bay
United Kingdom

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