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Top 5 Dog-Friendly Beaches to visit in Newquay, Cornwall

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Here is your guide to the best dog-friendly beaches to visit whilst you are on holiday here in Cornwall!

Staying at Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay provides an excellent base for exploring some of Cornwall’s best dog-friendly beaches. Within a 10-mile radius, you’ll find several beautiful stretches of sand where your furry friends can enjoy the sun, sea, and sand. Here are the top dog-friendly beaches for you to explore in Cornwall this summer:

1. Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach is arguably Newquay’s most famous beach, renowned for its surf-friendly waves and vibrant atmosphere. Dogs are welcome all year round, making it a perfect spot for a beach day with your pup. The expansive sandy shore offers plenty of room for dogs to run and play, and there are several dog-friendly cafes and shops nearby.

Why we love it:

  • Dog-friendly year-round.
  • Plenty of space for running and playing.
  • Close to amenities and dog-friendly cafes.

2. Crantock Beach

Just across the River Gannel from Newquay, Crantock Beach is a stunning, expansive beach that’s perfect for a day out with your dog. The beach is dog-friendly all year round and offers stunning sand dunes and rock pools to explore. The estuary side is great for calmer waters, ideal for a gentle paddle.

Why we love it:

  • Car park on the beach.
  • Scenic sand dunes and rock pools.
  • Quieter alternative to Newquay’s main beaches.

3. Watergate Bay

Another dog-friendly beach, a 10-minute drive north of Newquay, is Watergate Bay. This beach boasts a two-mile stretch of golden sand, perfect for dogs to enjoy off-leash adventures. The surrounding area features several dog-friendly restaurants and cafes where you can relax and enjoy the views.

Why we love it:

  • Dog-friendly year-round.
  • Expansive beach, perfect for long walks.
  • Nearby dog-friendly dining options.

4. Mawgan Porth Beach

Mawgan Porth Beach is located a short drive north of Newquay and offers a wide, sandy bay backed by dunes. It’s great for just relaxing, playing family games, or splashing around in the stream; making it perfect for families and dogs alike.

Why we love it:

  • Stunning cliff views.
  • Wide sandy bay with plenty of space.
  • Dunes and rock pools to explore.

5. Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay is a vast sandy beach located just west of Newquay. It features rolling dunes and striking rock formations, including the iconic Gull Rocks. Dogs are welcome throughout the year, making it an ideal spot for a scenic walk or a game of fetch. For a longer adventure, Holywell Bay offers an amazing coastal path walk to Perranporth Beach too. Your furry friends will certainly sleep well afterwards!

Why we love it:

  • Year-round dog access.
  • Dramatic scenery with sand dunes and rocks.
  • Family-friendly atmosphere.


Tips for Visiting Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Newquay

Here’s a few tips to ensure that you will make the best memories with your pets!

  • Check seasonal restrictions: Some beaches have time-of-day or seasonal restrictions for dogs. Always check local guidelines before your visit.
  • Bring essentials: Pack fresh water, waste bags, and a towel for your dog to ensure they stay hydrated and clean.
  • Respect local wildlife: Keep your dog under control to protect local wildlife and ensure a pleasant experience for all beachgoers.
  • Clean up after your dog: Always clean up after your dog to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the beaches.

Exploring the dog-friendly beaches near Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay guarantees a fun-filled experience for you and your furry companion. With stunning landscapes and welcoming atmospheres, these beaches provide the perfect backdrop for memorable seaside adventures.

Dog-Friendly Holidays at Hendra

Pets are beloved members of the family, and at Hendra, we understand that leaving them behind while you holiday in Cornwall isn’t an option.

That’s why we warmly welcome well-behaved pets (and their owners) at Hendra. We offer a variety of pet-friendly caravans for your stay, including our brand new for 2024 Watergate premium caravans, which provide the highest level of comfort and amenities for pet owners, all set in their own field (Gannel View). Additionally, our Premium Porthminster caravans and Classic Mawgan caravans are also available for pet owners.

For those bringing tents, touring caravans, or motorhomes, we have designated pitches for dog owners, complete with a nearby dog walking area.

*Please note: Not all caravans in each range are pet-friendly. If you check availability and it doesn’t specify that the holiday home is pet-friendly, then it is not. There is an additional charge for bringing a pet.

There is also an additional charge for pets on pitches, which varies depending on the time of year.

To find out more about our dog-friendly holidays, click here.