Sun, surf and seaside
Newquay is one of the most popular resort towns in Cornwall thanks to its sunny climate, long, sandy beaches and lively nightlife. The town also has a reputation for being a surfer's paradise and, thanks to the high quality of the waves, many international competitions take place at Fistral Beach.
Best Newquay travel time
Although tourist numbers are highest during the busy summer season, there is plenty to do in Newquay all-year-round, no matter what the weather is doing. Beach lovers should visit during June, July or August when the sun is at its hottest. The best surfing weather occurs during September and October. Popular events include the Run to the Sun custom car and music festival which takes place at the end of May and the Falmouth Week sailing regatta which runs during the second week of August.
Before you travel: hints and tips
The coastal location means Newquay is an excellent place to sample fresh seafood. Other local culinary treats include cream teas, fudge, cheese and, of course, Cornish pasties. Must-see local sights and attractions include the harbour, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway and Blue Reef Aquarium.
Airport transfer, accommodation and transport
Taxis from the airport to the centre of Newquay cost at least £15 or thereabouts and take more or less 15 minutes. There is no taxi rank so booking in advance is essential. Buses from the airport (numbers 556 and 557) are a cheaper option at around £3 with a journey time of only approx. 25 minutes. Hostel accommodation is available from £10 per person per night and this may include breakfast. Hotel rooms start at around £40 per person. Newquay is small enough to be explored on foot. If you want to visit nearby towns and villages there is an efficient public transport network run by First Buses and a one-day adult travelcard costs around £10. All passengers flying out of Newquay should be aware that a £5 Airport Development Fee is payable by all those over 16 years of age.