Bude is one of Cornwall's most popular seaside towns, boasting large, clean beaches; it's surrounded by unspoilt countryside. The quality of the beaches and the sea conditions make it a popular destination for surfers as well as families. The Cornwall Coast Path passes through the town, and so it's also a popular stopover for walkers.
The town has all the facilities you'd expect from a town of around ten thousand. There's a good choice of restaurants and pubs serving a selection of Cornish ales as well as plenty of independent shops, many of which are aimed at surfers and tourists, selling souvenirs, surfboards, and wetsuits.
It's a good destination for lovers of nature and the outdoors with miles of easily accessible footpaths and cycle paths winding through nature reserves and following the Bude canal. Bude has an eighteen-hole golf course and tennis courts for hire. For the family, there is a popular beach pool, heated indoor swimming pool, and crazy golf. Lots of activities are available for the adventurous, with instructors specialising in rock climbing, abseiling, and -- of course -- surfing available for hire.
Bude gets very busy during the summer months, particularly school holidays, so placing a reservation at Bude's hostel well in advance will normally be necessary. However, if you want to visit during the town's annual Jazz festival at the end of August, consider booking even further in advance, as it attracts visitors from all over the country. During other times of the year, it will often be possible to get a bed at short notice or without a reservation.