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It's a little different to Bondi Beach, but as the unofficial surfing capital of Britain Newquay does have a distinctly laid-back feel to it when the sun is shining. Blessed with beckoning beaches from secluded coves and family beaches to the sunbathing and surfing hotspot of Fistral Beach, Newquay has a glorious square metre of sand for everyone.
As the place to head for a sun-fuelled holiday in Cornwall, Newquay's tourists are a mix of families, retirees, surfer dudes, holidaying youths and bronzed posers. The town is lively with an array of thumping clubs and pubs, but also has its fair share of quieter, more sophisticated eateries. In addition to excellent beaches and agreeable restaurants, the town's shops have got plenty to keep visitors happy on coach holidays to Newquay. While many shop windows sport surf attire, there is also a pleasant array of gift shops and intriguing side street stores to investigate.
Away from the beaches, other attractions such as Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo are on hand to keep visitors occupied.
Coach holidays to Newquay typically include return coach travel, resort accommodation in Newquay to allow for free exploration, entertainment on some nights and breakfast or half board meals. Being ideally situated in the middle of Cornwall's north coast means that the Eden Project, St Ives, Falmouth and Land's End are part of many coach holidays' included excursions.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Newquay, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information about Newquay you can visit the tourist office website as visitnewquay.org
There's a lot to see and do whilst staying in Newquay. Some things to think about may include:
One of the town's best kept secrets , the harbour is a great place to visit when in Newquay. Nestled in under the towering cliffs, the harbour is largely protected from the westerly wind and usually bustling with many small fishing boats. From here you can visit one of the kiosks and take a boat ride around the bay or even go out fishing for half a day.
Known best for its surfing due to swells from the Atlantic Ocean, Fistral Beach has become a surfers paradise. Each year International surfing competitions are held and people come from across the world to surf the large swells. If surfing is not your cup of tea, you can always stop and grab some refreshments from the nearby cafe (please note that it operates at reduced hours out of season).
Lost Gardens of Heligan
This traditional walled garden was created prior to the First World War and was only rediscovered again in 1990 when its current owners opened up a tiny room in the corner of their garden. Even now, the garden retains a level of mystery that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Opening in 2001, the Eden Project has become a tourist landmark for those visiting Cornwall and is within easy reach of Newquay. It was created to tell the story about man's relationship with plants. Inside Biomes you can see a wide variety of plants and flowers which are acclimatised to tropical and Mediterranean temperatures and do not grow in the British Climate.