Watergate Bay is a wide sandy beach situated about two miles northeast of Newquay. Northwest facing, the beach is open to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, its swell and storms.
Also known as Tregurrian Beach, from the Cornish 'Porth Tregoryan' - Cove at Coryan's Farm, it is very popular with surfers, windsurfers, kite surfers and kite fliers. The beach is home to the Extreme Academy Surf School and other 'adrenalin fueled' sports. There are two good sized car parks at Watergate Bay, one immediately above the beach which is often quite busy and a larger car park situated about 100 metres up the hill behind the public conveniences. Surfers normally make use of this far car park, to get changed into their gear before walking down to the beach.
The beach is well catered for by the Fifteen Restaurant, one of Jamie Oliver's franchise of spectacularly placed restaurants around the world and also by the Beach Hut literally just at the back of the beach.
Accommodation is available at the Watergate Bay Hotel, a sixty-nine bedroom hotel dating from 1904, with its own Zacry's Restaurant as well as the Beachcombers, Waves and Tregurrian Villas Apartments. A recent addition to the bay is 'The Village', a cluster of beach-chic apartments subtly embedded into the cliff-top. Each two-storey eco pod is coolly crafted from sustainably sourced, natural materials, and finished in Watergate Bay's trademark beach-fresh style.
For those on a tighter budget, there are also a number of camping and caravan sites in the general area.
The beach stretches from Zacry's Island in the southwest, adjacent to Newquay's Whipsiderry Beach, for two miles northeast to Stem Point.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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