Forget the ‘surfing capital’ of Cornwall – Newquay – and pack up your surfboard and head to peaceful Polzeath instead. The town located just above Padstow is a perfect little haven to enjoy a surf (or in my case… body-board) and still enjoy the laid-back Cornish lifestyle.
Being such a surf haven, you can’t miss all the surf rental spots dotted around the town where you can hire a board or a wetsuit and try giving the waves a go yourself. and if you’re a complete beginner you can of course sign up for surf lessons too.
If water based actives aren’t you’re thing then luckily the beach itself is a tranquil spot to pitch up (with a wind break of course…). I’d say bring a book but you won’t need it, watching all the surfers ride the waves is entertainment that lasts for hours. And I mean hours, die hard surfers in Polzeath are there from the crack of dawn until the late evening.
Whether you’ve had a dip in the Cornish waves or not, there’s plenty of options to rest and enjoy something to eat and drink. Two spots in particular I’d recommend both have brilliant views of the beach and Cornish cuisine to offer.
Firstly, The Cracking Crab is a great spot that is located right on the top of the hill with brilliant views over the beach – especially if you set up shop in their outdoor area. The inside is just as good as the vibe is very similar to a Greek Taverna, with friendly staff and absolutely huge portions to tuck into. When visiting we decided to order the seafood platter and were greeted with an entire crab, mussels, prawns, calamari and a side of fries – just in case we weren’t full enough. Along with a sand castle bucket ready to be filled with everything we could have. The food was incredibly tasty but the experience was really enjoyable – especially for me as it was my first attempt at cracking a crab, with red claw crackers and all.
If you’re after somewhere more low-key I would also recommend The Waterfront, which is as the name implies, right at the edge of the beach. You have a great view of the ocean and of all the surf stalls and surfers running out to the waves. When there I tucked into a big bowl of Cornish mussels and they were absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend this spot, especially if you have good enough weather to enjoy the outdoor platform which has a brilliant view.
If you’re a fan of surfing, or just sitting back and enjoying the breeze whilst everyone catches the waves, then Polzeath is for you. It’s the perfect size and with it’s laid back atmosphere it’s a brilliant spot to soak up Cornwall.
If you’re off to Cornwall anytime soon I’d definitely add Polzeath to your list of to-go spots. I’ve got plenty of Cornwall content coming up as luckily enough we spent our time there beach-hopping. In the meantime check out my Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!
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