Newquay is perched on the cliffs above a cluster of white sand beaches and packed with pubs, bars, and clubs. It is the summer destination of choice for beach bums and surfers. It is the unofficial capital of Cornish surfing, so if you’re looking for the place to learn how to surf, this is the place to do it. England’s best known surfing beach is Fistral, west of Towan Head. It is also the venue for the annual Boardmasters surfing festival. Below town are Great Western and Towan beaches, and a little further up the coast you can find Tolcarne, Lusty Glaze, and Porth. All the beaches are great for swimming. There are many more beautiful beaches to explore around Newquay. Three miles to the south is Crantock, and a little further west is Holywell Bay. Just east of Newquay is Watergate Bay. The Blue Reef Aquarium on Towan Beach has a selection of marine animals including jellyfish, sea horses, and octopi.