Fistral Bay Beach

Fistral Bay beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Place Category: Beaches

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  • Fistral Beach, Newquay is at the centre of the Cornwall surf scene and hosts major surf tournaments throughout the year. Fistral beach is one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe.

    Located a short wall from Newquay town centre. The beach is just around 750m long backed by sand dunes.

    Fistral Bay consists of three beaches:

    • South Fistral
    • North Fistral
    • Little Fistral which is a small bay further to the North accessible only at low tide.


    Best known for its surf the west-facing beach gets Atlantic swells producing constant waves. North Fistral beach has surf all the time but is best with the big Atlantic swells. Good for beginners although can get very crowded in summer. South Fistral beach works best on mid to high tides. Suitable for beginners although can have some dangerous rip currents.

    A 20 minute walk from Newquay town centre.

    International Surf Centre, cafe, restaurants, bars, seasonal lifeguards (May – end of September), car parks although can get very busy in summer months.

    Dogs allowed.

    Fistral Bay Beach allows dogs. Fistral Bay Beach allows dogs.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 12 beaches around Newquay, 205 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Fistral Bay Beach Weather Forecast

    Light rain today through Monday, with temperatures falling to 16°C on Friday.

    Today's Forecast
     Rain starting in the afternoon.
       62%  49%   16 mph
      6:11 am    8:40 pm
    Thursday, Aug 17th
     Light rain in the morning and overnight.
       63%  79%   15 mph
      6:13 am    8:38 pm

    Friday, Aug 18th
     Drizzle in the afternoon.
       23%  39%   16 mph
      6:15 am    8:36 pm
    Saturday, Aug 19th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       4%  68%   15 mph
      6:16 am    8:34 pm

    Sunday, Aug 20th
     Rain in the morning.
       31%  58%   17 mph
      6:18 am    8:32 pm
    Monday, Aug 21st
     Light rain starting in the evening.
       14%  42%   16 mph
      6:19 am    8:30 pm

    Tuesday, Aug 22nd
     Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
       4%  28%   14 mph
      6:21 am    8:28 pm
    Wednesday, Aug 23rd
     Clear throughout the day.
       0%  0%   13 mph
      6:22 am    8:26 pm

  • Fistral Bay Beach Tide Times


  • Fistral Bay Beach Water quality

    Samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:

    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
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