Home - 5 Reasons To Visit Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay is not only home to our Ticket to Ride Surf School, but it’s also considered one of the best beaches around by many local residents. Here are a few reasons why we think it’s one of the best places to visit this summer.
The beach here in Watergate Bay is two miles long at low tide and with that large a stretch it’s easy to get away from the crowds and find a quiet corner. Surfable at all stages of the tide it’s a fantastic place to learn to surf or if you’re already a confident surfer you can find some reeling peaks further to the north and south.Westerly facing it’s a real swell magnet so even through the summer months you’re sure to find a surfable wave.
Lifeguarded through the summer months, be sure to swim in between the flags if you’re heading for a dip. If you’re looking for surf lessons or surf hire, get in touch for availability.
Unlike some beaches, Watergate is dog friendly all year round!
We’re a big fan of our four legged friends and we know how important it is to be able to bring your furry companion on holiday with you.
Most of the local businesses are also dog friendly, if you’re looking for accommodation or food, the Watergate Bay Hotel and the Wax restaurant are very accommodating, so you’ll be safe in the knowledge your dog can come with you wherever you go in Watergate.
We just ask if you do bring your dog to the beach, please bring them to visit us too.
If you’ve ever tried to visit one of the smaller cornish towns, you’ll know how hard it can be to find parking. In Watergate we don’t have that problem. There are 3 large car parks to choose from, all within 5 minutes walk of the beach. Bring change if possible, signal can be hard to come by down in the valley.
Now you’ve parked, surfed and walked the dog you’ll be feeling hungry. Luckily there are some great food options nearby. Here are a few of our favourites.
Wax. Burgers, pizza, fish and chips. Perfect after surf hangout with a sundeck, conveniently right next to our Wavelength surf shop.
No.1 Cubs. The best coffee and cake in town, be sure to get there early for first choice of the pastries.
The Hangout. Perched atop the cliff, head up the coastal path for smoothie bowls, coffee and bacon baps!
During summertime Watergate Bay plays host to many great events so it’s always worth finding out what’s on whilst you’re visiting.
Wavelength Drive in CinemaThe best views around just got better. With Wavelengths drive in cinema you can park up on the cliffs and enjoy your favourite surf (and non surf) films on the big screen. Get cosy on the grass or watch from your car for the real drive in experience.
BoardmastersCornwall’s biggest music festival, with some of the biggest acts from around the world. Incredible cliff top views make it one of the best festival locations around. Within walking distance of Watergate Bay, the festivities spread down onto the beach for more great vibes in the water.
English NationalsThe UK Surf Tours largest stop decides once and for all who the best surfers in the country are. Always a spectacle to watch, the best surfers around battle it out to earn the title of English National Champion and a spot on the England surf team.
These are just a few reasons why we love Watergate Bay, but why don’t you come on down and find out for yourself why Watergate is the best beach on the north coast.
Our surf school is open daily 9 -5 for surf lessons and surf hire. You can book surf lessons online HERE and prebook your surf hire to get in the water quicker.
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The staff in the shop are friendly and helpful. The instructor was so nice.
The kids loved him and enjoyed the lesson. They learned basic surf skills.
Great team at Ticket to Ride Surf School and surf lesson from Donncha! Last Sunday 7th August I dropped by Ticket To Ride Surf School on the way from the... read more car park to the beach to see if they could fit in a private lesson. Rory sorted it, which was great, and I then had a 2 hour lesson with a very patient Donncha who managed to get me (mid-fifties) standing up on more or less my first lesson - loved the lesson, the surf and the waves - I’ll be back and when I do, it’ll be to Ticket to Ride Surf School. I hope they’ve survived the mayhem of Boardmasters!
The staff is absolutly wonderful. They are friendly and helpful if you are new to surfing and will set you up with board you need. They also have wonderful classes... read more to help you improve your surfing skills. Whether you are amateur or more advanced the surf instructors will give you helpful advice to help you improve your performance. Thank you to Lucy and Finn for making our time super enjoyable, we will most likely be back to surf again soon.
We had a beginners lesson for our 2 daughters in their kids clubs session and my husband had a seperate lesson. The teachers were fantastic, patient and fun with the... read more kids. Our eldest managed to get standing during the lesson and both of them loved their lesson. Brilliant surf school I would use every time
We booked our kids in for a session. Neither of them have surfed before. It lasted 1 1/2 hours. All the kit was provided for them. Their instructor Finn,... read more was great with them. Very engaging. They were having a great time. Our kids were 5 and 8 at the time. I also did a two hour session in a group of 4 with Luke. He was very good and took time to explain everything to me, a complete beginner, and by the end of my two hour lesson I was standing on the surf board. Great fun. Super fun knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend
Surf School Watergate Bay
Wax, Watergate Bay
+44 (0)1637 222565