The most sheltered bay for surf in the region.

Harlyn bay located just south of Padstow offers ample parking and a wonderful golden stretch of sand. The most sheltered bay for surf in the region. The perfect Spring and Autumn location on bigger days for surfing as it offers protection from both southerly and westerly winds. It is usually the smallest spot in the area, which can often make it the busiest.

We would usually choose Harlyn as our go to place to surf when the swell and waves are much bigger on the main westerly beaches.  Its north facing orientation offers great protection from the bigger waves.  It is surfable throughout the tide as mentioned, but really doesn’t like extremes of tide, so we avoid spring low and spring high whenever possible.  The beach is well protected from the wind and like’s south in the wind but can handle a bit of east and a bit west, just doesn’t like the northerly wind much.


A faster and shorter wave than some in the area, particularly at low tide. As the tide gets higher the wave becomes a little easier with a longer length of ride. It doesn’t really like extremes of tide, both high or low. Well suited for all surfers when conditions are good.

Picks up south west, west and north west swells, however requires more swell than all other beaches often best in spring and autumn.

Best wind from the south, south east and south west, however can be ok on light easterlys.  Poor with any north in the wind.

Best tides around mid to high tide either on the drop or on the push.

Crowded all year round.

Harlyn Bay is located off the B3276 coast road between Newquay and Padstow.  Approx 2 miles south of Padstow or 11 miles north of Newquay.  Post code: PL28 8SB

Surfing, bodyboarding, swimming  and access to the North Coast path.

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  • PARKING Good sized rough surfaced car park with views of the beach. During busy days further parking is available in neighbouring fields.
  • FACILITIES Toilets at far end of overspill car park. The beach has Food for Thought for great snacks and meals Easter through to end Sept. Additional provision of Ice cream vans on the beach, Harlyn Inn provides food and drink and further options in their beach shop.
  • DOGS Dogs are welcome on the beaches all year round. With the provision of dog litter bins for all mess.
  • SAFETY Lifeguards are provided by the RNLI Easter through till end of Oct 10am to 6pm. Note early and late season this can be weekends only.
  • MAGIC SEAWEED REPORT https://magicseaweed.com/Harlyn-Surf-Report/946/