Known to the locals as the new California, Newquay (pop. 30,000) is an incongruous slice of surfer culture in the middle of Cornwall. Winds descend on Rstral Beach with a vengeance, creating what some consider the best surfing conditions in Europe. The enticing Lusty Glaze Beach beckons from the bay side. Drink up at The Chy, 12 Beach Rd. a chic loft with the hippest interior in Newquay, (open M-Sa 10am-2am, Su 10am-12:30am.) Then, dance at Tall Trees, 12 Beach Rd. (Cover £2-6. Open mid-Mar. to mid-Sept. M-Sa 9pm-2am; mid-Sept. to mid.-Mar. W-Sa 9pm-2am.) All trains ( (08457) 484 950) to Newquay come from Par (50min. 4-

5 per day, £4.30). From Par, trains connect to Plymouth (lhr. 15 per day, £6.80) and Penzance (2hr. 12 per day, £9.10). First (a (0870) 608 2608) buses arrive from St. Ives (2l4hr. 4 per day, £4.50). National Express (a (08705) 808 080) runs to London (6hr. 24 per day, £32). The tourist office is on Marcus Hill, a block from the bus station, (a (01637) 854 020. Open June-Sept. M-Sa 9:30am-5:30pm, Su 9:30am-3:30pm; Oct.-May M-F 9:30am-4:30pm, Sa 9:30am-12:30pm.) Original Backpackers , 16 Beachfleld Ave. has a fantastic location off Bank St. and near Central Sq. facing the beach. (a (01637) 874 668. £12 per person, £49 per week.)

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