Fistral Bay Beach

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 is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.
Fistral Bay Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 14 beaches at Newquay, 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Fistral Bay Beach Photos

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Fistral Bay Beach Water Quality

Water 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 0.6℃ to 0.9℃ with wind speed 2.7 m/sec (SE)
Saturday, Dec 10fog
Expect a temp in the range 0.9℃ to 3.5℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (SSE)
Sunday, Dec 11rainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 4℃ to 4.7℃ with wind speed 2.9 m/sec (NW)
Monday, Dec 12fog
Expect a temp in the range 0℃ to 0.8℃ with wind speed 2.3 m/sec (ESE)
Tuesday, Dec 13cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2.4℃ to 2.7℃ with wind speed 6.5 m/sec (ESE)
Wednesday, Dec 14clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.4℃ to 3.1℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (NE)
Thursday, Dec 15clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.2℃ to 3.8℃ with wind speed 3.6 m/sec (NNE)

Newquay weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Fistral Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Fistral Bay Beach is at NEWQUAY 1.40 km (0.87 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Fri 09 Dec
   High Tide at 05:28 (Height 6.70m)
   Low Tide at 11:51 (Height 1.42m)
   High Tide at 17:48 (Height 6.57m)
Sat 10 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:03 (Height 1.44m)
   High Tide at 06:02 (Height 6.66m)
   Low Tide at 12:26 (Height 1.52m)
   High Tide at 18:22 (Height 6.46m)
Sun 11 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:37 (Height 1.58m)
   High Tide at 06:37 (Height 6.55m)
   Low Tide at 13:01 (Height 1.68m)
   High Tide at 18:57 (Height 6.30m)
Mon 12 Dec
   Low Tide at 01:11 (Height 1.76m)
   High Tide at 07:12 (Height 6.40m)
   Low Tide at 13:37 (Height 1.86m)
   High Tide at 19:33 (Height 6.09m)
Tue 13 Dec
   Low Tide at 01:46 (Height 1.98m)
   High Tide at 07:48 (Height 6.21m)
   Low Tide at 14:14 (Height 2.08m)
   High Tide at 20:12 (Height 5.87m)
Wed 14 Dec
   Low Tide at 02:25 (Height 2.21m)
   High Tide at 08:29 (Height 6.00m)
   Low Tide at 14:58 (Height 2.30m)
   High Tide at 20:56 (Height 5.64m)
Thu 15 Dec
   Low Tide at 03:10 (Height 2.44m)
   High Tide at 09:16 (Height 5.79m)
   Low Tide at 15:49 (Height 2.49m)
   High Tide at 21:48 (Height 5.44m)

Contains ADMIRALTY® tidal data: © Crown Copyright and database right.

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