Newquay Harbour Beach isn’t the largest of the beaches in Newquay but when the tide goes out it reveals a sheltered expanse of silky sand, and as it’s still a working harbour there’s plenty going on to sit and watch. Summer sees the cliffs that back the beach bloom with colourful wild flowers, and recent years have seen a collection of seals visit the beach regularly. In fact, watch closely behind the fishing boats when they return to the harbour, as several seals often follow them.
The safe bathing at this beach makes it a popular one with parents and their children, and as there’s no surf at all it’s often quieter than some of the beaches with more impressive waves. Glance upwards from Harbour Beach and you’ll see the historic Huer’s Hut high above you, this white stone building sits atop Towan Head and was once used to look out for shoals of pilchards out at sea. When they were spotted the Huer would alert the fishermen and the boats would be launched.
The best thing about this beach is that it’s very close to the centre of Newquay, so if you don’t have the whole day and you just fancy a picnic or walk on the sand, then this is perfect.