Crantock beach is a large, sandy beach near Newquay with extensive dunes, rock pools and caves to explore. Part of an extensive stretch of sands between the headlands of Pentire and West Pentire, Crantock is situated at the mouth of the River Gannel.
Though the cliffs at the western edge of the beach provide some shelter, the Gannel is a tidal river and not suitable for swimming, though it is a popular destination for surfers. During the summer a regular ferry service operates between Crantock and Fern Pit, near Newquay.
Access to the beach is via steep dunes. A dog-friendly beach with a car park, Crantock beach is patrolled by lifeguards in peak seasons.