Getting to know our playground, Fistral Beach
We know that a stay at the Esplanade is like no other, and having the beach on our doorstep is undoubtedly one of the best things about a stay at The Esplanade. We call the world-famous Fistral Beach our playground…
Waking to the waves and sipping morning coffee on your private balcony, whilst watching the surfers bob around eagerly waiting to catch the waves is an experience in it’s own. Heading down to breakfast and the different shades of blue on show right the way through the open lounge, to the family-friendly dining room takes your breath away. Buckets and spades readily available to take over the road, down the steps and onto the golden sands for a day full of sandy adventures is a given. We LOVE our playground so we thought we’d share a few fun facts and some of our favourite images of Fistral Beach, in the hope that you’ll fall in love with it too…
- Approximately 750 meters, that’s 2,460 ft long
- Grid reference SW 797 620
- Home to Newquay’s RNLI
Fistral Beach is in Fistral Bay and in Cornish this is “Porth an Vystel”, meaning cove of the foul water and in 1813 the “Fistral” was recorded as “Fistal”, coming from the Cornish bystel meaning of foul water.
Fistral Beach hosts various international surfing competitions and events during the year, the most famous being Boardmasters, alongside the Zapcats Powerboat Racing, Night Surf and UK Bodysurfing Championships to name a few.
First surfed in 1966, The Cribbar, also known as “Kribow” in Cornish, is a reef just off the Towan Headland. Best known for its creation of annual big waves, The Cribbar is popular with experienced surfers all over the globe and waves faces can be in excess of 30ft! When the conditions are right, you’ll see it straight ahead to the left when sitting in our lounge looking out to sea.