Newquay is the absolute place to be for extreme sport and summer beach action – it’s safe to say that this north Cornwall town has come a long way since its days as a modest fishing village. Surfers from far and wide make the pilgrimage to catch some of the finest waves on the continent, check out top-drawer events, and take advantage of the best facilities that the UK has to offer.  In the meantime you’re going to need a place to stay – so here’s our look at the top 5 best Surf Hotels in Newquays.

Best Surf Hotels in Newquay - Watergate bay hotel

1. Watergate Bay Hotel

It might seem funny to get a hotel nowhere near the famous Fistral beach topping the list of the best surf hotels in Newquay, but that’s because few are more surfer-friendly than this one nestled in the two-mile long Watergate Bay. At this stylish and modern hotel, surfers are even free to go from the water to their rooms wearing their wetsuits. The low-tide surfing conditions are great, with a beach that stays relatively quiet year round. And the location couldn’t be better – the hotel is as close to the surf as you can get without being underwater.  Doubles from £90.

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 Best Surf Hotels in Newquay - Watergate Bay Hotel

2. The Esplanade

Now this hotel could not be any nearer Fistral beach – it’s right on the south end of the world famous surfing venue. What you get here is all the action you’d expect, but without the crowds. This makes the Esplanade a great place for families, and its close links with surf schools and equipment outlets place it among the best surf hotels in Newquay.  Double rooms start at £70.

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3. The Surfside Hotel

Another of the few remaining Newquay hotels overlooking Fistral beach, the Surfside is perfectly situated. The family running this small, 16-room hotel does its best to cultivate a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, and allows access to the property at all hours, which is good news for party animals coming back from a late night.  The surfside is one of the most loved hotels in Newquay, and is usually booked up months in advance. Doubles here are priced from £60.

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4. The Surfside Guest House

Not to be confused with its hotel counterpart, this guest house is closer to the centre of town, and situated slap bang in front another of Newquay’s famous surf spots – Towan beach. The owners here have decades of experience in hospitality and are happy to offer surfers tips on where to catch the best swells. The guest house also offers safe surfboard storage. Doubles begin at a reasonable £50.

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5. The Bay

This newly refurbished hotel is all about active lifestyles. Being further along the Esplanade road, and a fair distance from Newquay’s boisterous town centre, the bay Hotel offers guests the freedom to hit the surf or take long walks around the headland while steering clear of the beaten track. The exclusive Fistral Spa makes the Bay one of the essential Newquay Hotels. Doubles from £50.

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So that was our glance at the best Newquay surf hotels. Most of the establishments above enjoy close ties with equipment stores and surf schools, so keep your eyes open to get more board-time for your buck.

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