Why we love Newquay
Think of Newquay and the first thing that springs to many people’s minds is the town’s party reputation that’s not too dissimilar to Ibiza. But thanks to the local council’s crackdown on anti social behaviour, Newquay’s undergoing a transformation.
Add to that some exciting, innovative new businesses having a really positive effect on the town. From cool and funky stores to hip and happening coffee shops, Newquay has it’s own distinct vibe which we love!
Just 5 miles from Seavista, Newquay is the surf capital of the UK. Laid back living meets rugged cliffs and a working harbour in the centre of this favourite seaside town. It’s trendy yet family friendly with loads of things to do – whatever floats your boat!
Here’s a few reasons why we love Newquay;
Miles of golden sandy beaches
Around 7 in total but who’s counting? Newquay has 4 beaches in the town centre alone – Towan, Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze. At low tide, walk the entire stretch from Towan (by the harbour) right along to Tolcarne.
Lusty Glaze, next to Tolcarne is a secluded little cove backed by high cliffs. Have dinner at the beachside restaurant, soak up the sun or enjoy live classical, popular or acoustic music.
But don’t forget a visit to Fistral beach, the core of Newquay’s surf scene. Watch some of the pro British surfers in action, chill out with a beer at the Beach Bar and see one of Fistral’s iconic sunsets!
Funky, individual shops
Newquay’s got some fab shops which reflect its eclectic style. For fashion and lifestyle addicts check out our favourite, Roos Beach opposite Porth beach. Vibrant colours, funky threads with a bit of fun thrown in, it’s rare I come home empty handed!
For interiors and fashion with a nod towards wanderlust spirits, MMW at Revolver wins hands down. An aladdin’s cave of homeware, jewellery, clothing, surfboards and wetsuits, it draws influences from California, Japan and Europe. Quirky and gorgeous!
Sprout opened last year and became Newquay’s first health food store. Great for healthy living advice, alternative medicines and nutritious organic products, it’s a must on Seavista’s weekly shopping list!
Image credit: Roos Beach
Eating out in Newquay
Although we’ve got some amazing places to eat near Mawgan Porth, Newquay isn’t without its fair share either!
We’re real fans of beachside locations. You can’t get much closer than Lusty Glaze restaurant, right on the beach. It’s perfect for summer months or cosying up in front of the wood burner watching the waves in the winter.
Alternatively, try the Lewinnick Lodge at Pentire which overlooks Fistral Beach. Stunning views and amazing food! Or, head to the Fish House at Fistral for mouthwatering seafood with pan asian influences.
Hip and happening coffee shops
We love a good coffee, and we reckon Newquay’s got the best in Cornwall! Cute and cosy Jam Jar sells homemade treats, gorgeous smoothies and lush toasted bagels. Hot on healthy living, owner Jess focuses on gluten free options and non dairy alternatives.
For hip and happening vibes, the award winning Box and Barber serves brunch, cakes and some pretty amazing coffees!
And if you’re heading to Roos Beach, why not pause for coffee? Laid Back Coffee co, handily located next door is perfect for a post shop pit stop followed by a walk on Porth beach.
The best cream tea in Cornwall
Because a visit to Cornwall isn’t complete without a cream tea! And you don’t need to travel far from Seavista to find the best ones! Gwenna Tea House at Porth Beach does the most amazing cream teas. A traditional tea toom with a modern twist, their cakes are pretty lush too!
Things to do
If you’re a bit more adventurous and want to just get out there and do stuff, Newquay’s got it all. There’s visitor attractions such as Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium – perfect for rainy days!
If you’re passionate about the ocean, take a boat trip from the harbour and go seal spotting. Or for something more exhilarating, how about a jet ski safari? A great chance to see Mawgan Porth from a whole new perspective!
But for those wanting a slower pace, meander around Trenance Gardens near the boating lake. And if walking’s your thing, take the south west coast path from Newquay to Pentire Headland, or back towards Seavista. It’s a bit of a hike but worth it for those incredible views!
Let us know what you love about Newquay and we’ll check out your suggestions!