‘Caribbean’ Coast In England – Newquay, Cornwall

Grey World Nomads found a paradise beach in England which could be cut out of a picture book of the Caribbean. #cornwall #newquay, #england

Surfing Beaches, punctuated by craggy headlands, sweep northwards from Perranporth to way beyond Newquay. We were totally gobsmacked to find such beautiful sandy beaches in England and even Vlou, the travelling Beagle, was incredibly happy to run around on the beach with other dogs as much as he liked. 

dog-friendly beaches

Dramatic waves, driven by stiff westerly winds, thunder ashore and send their salty spray far inland. Around the corner bays and inlets allow gentle streams to tumble down from the inland hills. The booming surf is here just a whisper around the shore.

Rugged coast alternates with gentle beaches


Newquay is Cornwall’s biggest resort and Britain’s foremost surfing centre.It’s beaches face in every direction other than east, offering shelter on blustery days. Towan Beach, Great Western Beach, Tolcarne Beach and Lusty Glaze are washed by the waters of Newquay Bay and can be reached by steps or ramps cut into the cliffs. By contrast, Fistral Beach faces due west and is backed by low dunes which lead to a golf course.

Love Notes at River Gannel’s Estuary

Low-tide sands fringe the River Gannel’s estuary on the town’s southern outskirts. Another playground for surfers with Malibu boards.

River Gannel’s Estuary

A Little Bit Of History

Newquay grew up around a ‘new quay’ whose building was sanctioned by the Bishop of Exeter in 1439. Fishing and smuggling became important sources of income, but local ships also traded with ports as far afield as North America.

Boat heads for Sandy Haven in Newquay

Sandy Haven, Newquay’s old harbour, is still used by small craft, dries out at low tide, leaving a sandy beach for sheltered bathing.

Even more beach at low tide

Gigs powered by teams of oarsmen raced out to pilot vessels safely into the harbour – and gig races held during the summer months still rank high among Newquay’s many holiday attractions.

Colours like in a painting

Another link with the past is provided by the small, quaint, whitewashed Huer’s House which stands on a cliff above the harbour. In the 18th and 19th centuries, when the sea often seethed with immense shoals of pilchards, a lookout was posted to keep watch for the fish and to guide boats to them by shouting instructions through a horn 1yd long.

Fishing like hundreds of years ago
One memorable catch in the 1860s is said to have been worth £20’000 – a fortune in those days – and there were enough fish to load 1’000 carts.
Newquay Beach

The arrival of the railway in 1875 was the most important event in Newquay’s history. Although built to carry minerals and clay to the thriving harbour, the line also brought the town within easy reach of Victorian travellers at a time when seaside holidays were becoming increasingly popular.

Paddle Boarding in Newquay

Newquay’s Surroundings

Here you find detailed descriptions with allowed activities and dog-friendliness of the beaches around Newquay.

Places To See Inland

Cornish Country Life Museum And Dairyland, Summercourt

Lappa Valley Railway, St. Newlyn East

Trerice, Elizabethan Manor House

Colours at the Cornwall’s coast like in the Caribbean

Local Information

Tourist Information

Weather Newquay

Kayaking in River Gannel’s Estuary


For once we didn’t choose a holiday home or enjoyed free accommodation in a house sit but stayed in a dog-friendly hotel. MOR Lodge offers good value for money. The Employees were very friendly and, the breakfast was great! We were offered an upgrade to a room with sea view without asking as there was availability. Very kind, thank you!

Vlou, the travelling Beagle, enjoying beach time



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Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

19 thoughts on “‘Caribbean’ Coast In England – Newquay, Cornwall”

  1. There’s a lot to be said for staying in pet-friendly hotels once in a while. I’m guessing Vlou enjoyed all the low tide smells. We all need a break now and then and you certainly found a beautiful place to take it.

    1. Hi Linda! I can’t believe how much sea weed Vlou digested! It must be really healthy stuff. Wonderful to walk along the beaches for kilometers, too.

  2. We had to go look up to see where Newquay is, but now that we know it’s working its way into holiday plans! It seems like a great area – and we love sandy beaches, so this suits us! 🙂

    1. There were not too many sandy beaches in Britain but these in Newquay were certainly stunning. In Scotland there were quite a few, too which we explored. Check out our latest post where you will see some pictures.

  3. Glorious scenery. Who would think that England would have a “Caribbean Coast”? My son spent some time here surfing with some local lads a few years ago and really enjoyed his time here. I also love the dogs (of course!)

    1. Hi Kathy, many surf cafés – surf hotels – surf shops compete for the keen customer. There is luckily plenty to do for not surfers like us, too. We enjoyed the walks a lot and also golfers have a great time in Newquay.

  4. Beaches in England how awesome! I never knew and there is also surfing too. You’ve listed some great beaches and ones for dogs. I will have to check them out next time I take a visit to England. Thanks for sharing! I love beaches 🙂

    1. You should really do so, Stephanie. Especially if you know to surf. Newquay is famous for its good surf. But maybe you’d rather just enjoy the beaches like we did.

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