In recent years, Newquay has developed from a small fishing village (maybe a little too quickly) into a large city with a few thousand inhabitants and a tourist stronghold. Around 100,000 people are said to be on site during the summer holidays. Above all else, the special attraction is the more than a dozen easily accessible city beaches, of which Fistral Beach in particular is very well known and popular among surfers. The tourist infrastructure has grown over the years since around 1900. The three time-honored hotels Headland, Atlantic and Victoria testify to this. This is the best place to enjoy Cornish Cream Tea. But pubs (The Fort Inn, The Red Lion, Concho Lounge, ...), many bars and restaurants as well as the Cornish Bakery's are diverse and sometimes good. Unfortunately, in the meantime there are also many shops selling junk and cheap goods from the Far East in addition to the well-stocked surf and outdoor shops. The bus system (First Kearnow) is well thought out and all relevant places in the area are within max. One and a half easy to reach - Cornwall's airport is only 20 minutes from downtown. The over 1,000 mile South West Cost Path is a great hiking trail; Surfing and diving can be done almost anywhere, and the aquarium, zoo and a small city train can weather the bad weather quite well. In short, here you can have a good active holiday and there are really nice things here, such as the small fishing port or Holywell Beach or a walk at low tide through the Gannel riverbed to the mouth.
If you're in the area, definitely check out the Newquay Aquarium. As well as some of the local shops.
Picturesque. Great for walking along the coast. The South West Coast Path is well marked and easy for moat stretches.
We were here on our honeymoon in October so we don't know what it is like during the season. It was the first week of our trip after our hectic wedding so we wanted to stay in a really nice hotel on the Cornish Coast and just relax. The hotel we chose just happened to be in Newquay. I got the sense that it was the UK version of Panama City, FL or a surfing town in California. It was very beach vacation oriented. You don't see a lot of Americans there. I am glad we went, but I don't think I would go back. If we went back to Cornwall, we would stay somewhere like St. Ives.