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Watergate Bay

Watch a game of polo, eat at a famous chef’s restaurant and surf the impressive waves of this scenic bay.

Watergate Bay is an attractive stretch of golden sand at the foot of rugged coastal cliffs. Choppy waves make the beach popular with surfers, while families enjoy the fashionable restaurants with sea views. Take photos of vivid sunsets as the sky turns red above the crimson-tinged water.

Arrive at the beach via one of the access passages that lead from higher ground. The easiest access path is by the hotel. Walk the entire length of the 2-mile (3-kilometer) stretch and admire the dramatic line of imposing cliffs that loom over the bay. Feel free to bring along your family dog; this beach is canine friendly.

From mid-May to late September, lifeguards patrol the beach. The waves here can be fairly rough, as the exposed bay faces directly onto the Atlantic Ocean and surfers are drawn to its volatile swell. Observe them riding the waves alongside stand-up paddleboarders and kitesurfers. If you are keen to try it yourself, book in for lessons with a surf school.

Many events and competitions are held on the bay. Dine at one of the upscale restaurants and cafés facing the sea. Among the establishments here is a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Arrange to attend the annual Polo on the Beach ceremony in mid-September. Every year, thousands of people come to see the horse-based sport being played during the free festival.

Stroll through the undulating hills and grassy meadows of the Cornish countryside for excellent views of the cliffs and the sea. Follow the South West Coast Path, which leads off from the beach in both directions, to get a sense of the area’s varied terrain.

To get to Watergate Bay from Newquay, drive north along the coast for just over 3 miles (5 kilometers); the journey should take less than 10 minutes. Pass Cornwall Zorbing Park, Porth Beach and Lusty Glaze Beach on the way. Leave the car in one of the two parking lots beside the beach. The beach is also accessible from Newquay via bus.


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Lodging Near Watergate Bay Beach

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Tregurrian Villas

Tregurrian Villas

Trevarrian Hill, Watergate Bay, Newquay
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Watergate Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Porth Beach and St. Mawgan Church. Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery and Lusty Glaze Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Beachcombers Apartments

Beachcombers Apartments

Watergate Bay, Newquay
4.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Newquay, this apartment is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Watergate Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Porth Beach and St. Mawgan Church. Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery and Lusty Glaze Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$55
Trevarrian Lodge

Trevarrian Lodge

Mawgan Porth, Newquay
4.6
of 5, from 8 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mawgan-in-Pydar, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Watergate Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Mawgan Church and Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery. Porth Beach is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

$163
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

Mawgan Porth, Newquay
4.4
of 5, from 53 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Mawgan-in-Pydar hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Watergate Bay Beach, Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery and St. Mawgan Church. Newquay Zoo and Waterworld are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$106
Sands Resort Hotel & Spa

Sands Resort Hotel & Spa

Watergate Road, Newquay
4.0
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Newquay hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Porth Beach and Watergate Bay Beach. Blue Reef Aquarium and Towan Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Seavista B&B

Seavista B&B

Mawgan Porth, Newquay
5.0
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mawgan-in-Pydar, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Watergate Bay Beach, Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery, and St. Mawgan Church. Lusty Glaze Beach and Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$88
The Merrymoor

The Merrymoor

Mawgan Porth, Newquay
4.4
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Mawgan Porth inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Watergate Bay Beach, Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery, and St. Mawgan Church. Lusty Glaze Beach and Porth Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).