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Visit Watergate Bay - The UK's favourite Surfing Destination

Watergate Bay is notably one of Cornwall's most popular surfing beaches. Aside from it's stunning scenery, crystal clear waters and family friendly environment it's unspoilt coastline and fantastic waves make it a popular destination year round. Just 2 miles north of the famed surfing resort of Newquay, and only 10 miles south of the beautiful seaside town of Padstow - its easy to see why so many people fall in love with Watergate Bay.


At the low tide the Watergate Bay stretches nearly three miles from Beacon Cove at the Northern end, down to Whipsiderry Beach to the South. With it's golden sands it's a fantastic beach for all your favourite seaside activities. It's also patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during the summer months and peak holiday periods for your added safety.

Facing west towards the open Atlantic Ocean, Watergate Bay picks up plenty of swell throughout the year. With a long stretch of flat sand at low tide this beach is heaven for kite surfers too.

The beach is also popular with dog walkers - let mans best friend run wild all year round at this beach! In fact, you'll often find more dogs than people here of an early morning. Be sure to pick up after your pooch and help keep our beach clean and safe for everyone.  

With its steep towering cliffs that offer walkers magnificent views up and down the coast, it's also the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the ocean!

Why not check out the webcam to see what's happening down at Watergate Bay right now.



Watergate Bay is the perfect spot to indulge in all your favourite seaside pastimes, and even experience a few new ones! Surfing is one of the main draws to the bay, but there's plenty of other great things to try here at Watergate, and locally in Newquay and Padstow

  • Surfing Lessons

  • Coasteering
  • Power Kiting
  • Kitesurfing
  • Bodyboarding
  • Walking




Watergate Bay is famous for it's fine food! In the small complex here at The Academy we have on-site the incredibe WAX Restaurant, Cafe & Bar that's got it all for our hungry surfers. With delicous, hand crafted and locally sourced food with stunning views across Watergate Bay you really can't beat it!

The Bay is also home to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant in a stunning location overlooking the Bay.  There's also great food at The Beach Hut and Watergate Bay Hotel!



It's important to be prepared when visitng at the beach and Watergate Bay is no exception.

Here in Cornwall our tides are large. At high tide there can be barely any beach, and as the tide drops we're left with a vast expanse of sand. It's important to know what the tides are doing so that you don't get cut off by the tide. You can check the daily tides and surf report on Magicseaweed. 

The RNLI operate a lifeguard service during the summer months and holiday periods. Get all your valuable beach safety information here