Ticket to Ride, Newquay ©Ruaridh Kidd
When you think of Cornish surf holidays, the vibrant town of Newquay often springs to mind. Historically a fishing port known as Towna Blystra, the town’s ‘new quay’ was funded in the 1400s, hence the name development. You won’t see quite so many fishing boats visiting Newquay nowadays, but you’re certainly surrounded by water with a wonderful selection of beaches and coves to explore.
The birthplace of the British surf scene and the centre of Britain’s multi million pound surf industry, Newquay was coined ‘Surf City’ by local surfing legend Roger Mansfield, in a magazine article that he wrote back in the early 80s. And you really are spoilt for surf in here, with over seven miles of golden sand spread across 11 beaches. Nine of those beaches have been dubbed surfing beaches having at least two or three decent waves at various stages of the tide.
In previous years, Newquay may have held a reputation as a stag do and hen party destination because of its party town status. However, in more recent times Newquay has been reinvented and gentrified. You’re now treated to cool foodie hangouts, independent bars and fine dining restaurants.