Sheltered by the grassy sand dunes, you take a sip from your chilled drink and gaze out past rows of surfers riding glassy walls of waves, while the amber sun sinks to a slither.
World famous for its stupendous surf and spirit, Fistral Beach invites you to dive headfirst into the action- just grab a board and get amongst the swell foamy water, before peeling some fire-pit flamed king prawns and sampling a cocktail at the iconic beachside restaurant complex.
Across the cliff top path towards Little Fistral and its surrounding coves, you’ll discover a more leisurely feel. Sand and shingle spill out between barnacle-dotted pools, perfect for carving out a secret space which feels like it belongs only to you, away from the busy chatter of the main bay.
Fancy stretching your legs? Wait for low tide and take a stroll around the headland, past Newquay’s historical Huer’s Hut and towards the town’s seven beaches, rewarding yourself with an ice cream when you’re done. Watergate Bay is just a 10-minute drive away with its rolling surf and eateries, or Perranporth and its quirky shops can also be reached by car.
Tuck into classic fish and chips or curry at Rick Stein’s, soak up the sunset with a stone baked sourdough pizza and local cider at The Stable, or for a more fine dining experience, head to The Fish House for Sri Lankan prawn curry and aromatic monkfish.
Yes, Fistral Beach welcomes dogs all-year round, and the long stretch of beach is perfect for letting furry friends run free. The surrounding headlands make for a great dog walk, too.
Fistral Beach has a large car park to the North and limited on street parking to the South. Toilets and showers are avaliable. RNLI lifeguards are on duty between 10am-6pm from April to the end of October. The beach also offers a sandchair hire.