Towan Beach is the most central of Newquay's beaches. Sheltered by Towan Head, it provides safe waters for swimming or small waves for surfing beginners. Snorkelling and boogie boarding is also popular. The beach is fully covered at high tide, but there is plenty of space on the grassy cliff tops for picnicking and other activities. Towan Island is joined to the cliffs by a suspension bridge; at the base, pools form suitable for children to swim in. The beach is Marine Conservation Society Recommended. The beach is sandy and rocky and very busy in peak season.