Bude is in Cornwall, and is it's most northernmost town. Bude boasts excellent beaches, good water quality, first class surfing opportunities, and decent accommodation and facilities for all types of budget. Compared to its neighbours, the somewhat pretentious Padstow and rowdy, overly competitive Newquay, Bude has a much more friendly, relaxed, amiable atmosphere which is the resorts greatest asset. Many dedicated surfers prefer Bude to other surf areas of Cornwall because of its excellent breaks and easy going mellow vibe.
Bude is located on the grandly named A39 Atlantic Highway, just a British normal A road. Bude is signposted on several junctions. There is no railway in Bude since the 1960s after Beeching's axe removed the branch line (ironic as it was the railway that first brought tourists) so the nearest station is Barnstaple, across the Tamar Valley in North Devon, quite a considerable distance.
Once in Bude, walking is probably the best way to get around, as parking charges are pretty reasonable compared to other Cornish resorts, and Bude is small and compact enough to access everything by foot.
Bude and North Cornwall is known for great surfing on beaches such as Widemouth Bay (1 mile of golden sand and surf), Summerleaze and Crooklets. Sandy Mouth and Crackington Haven are just a short drive away. All these beaches have lifeguards during the summer months. Summerleaze Beach also has a tidal 90m seapool, one of only a few in the country.
There are several dog friendly Beaches: Widemouth Bay South Beach, Summerleaze in Bude and the rugged, uncommercialised beaches of Northcott Mouth, Sandy Mouth and Duckpool.
Atlantic Diner - great food with giant portions of it for quite cheap! very friendly atmosphere aswell
Life's a Beach - beach cafe by day, superb bistro by night. Overlooking Summerleaze beach, fantastic location and seafood.
Elements - the place to be seen. Great location near cliffs between Bude and Widemouth Bay. Quality food.
Bay View Inn - Open all day. Stunning views over Widemouth Bay and the ocean.
The Falcon Hotel by Bude Canal - wholesome food, bar meals or in the restaurant.
Wainhouse Inn - the local Cornish pub, good menu.
The Countryman - on Bude-Launceston road. Popular pub food.
Port William Inn - great food and spectacular scenery.