Porthcawl is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Wales. Each of them has something different to offer: from the endless sands stretching from Newton Beach to Ogmore, to Rest Bay and its stunning scenery and waves that attract surfers year-round.
Rest Bay’s golden sands lie to the west of the town, and are situated next to The Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and The Rest; a Gothic landmark building, historically a place of recuperation and respite, which is about to be transformed for the 21st Century. The beach itself faces south-west, and because it isn’t sheltered from the wild Atlantic winds, the large waves attract surfers and wind/kite surfers all year round. On calmer days, the beach is fantastic for fishing and bathing, and attracts crowds during the summer months in particular. The beach is cleaned daily in summer, and many species of marine life can be found here, with rock pools teaming with species such as hermit crabs and prawns.
The cycle and coastal paths runs to and from Rest Bay, around to Pink Bay, with benches dotted here and there to allow visitors to take in the spectacular views.
Parking is readily available at Rest Bay, with a large car park set back some 100 metres from the beach, next to a café and public toilets. Disabled parking is closer by, situated next to the Lifeguard Station, adjacent to the beach. A ramp leads to the beach itself, making it fully accessible to all.
Probably one of Porthcawl’s most popular beaches with families, particularly in the summertime, Coney Beach is situated off the Eastern Promenade and directly in front of the fairground. Home to the famous Porthcawl donkeys and ponies that have thrilled children throughout the years, the sands of Coney Beach are ideal for those who want to have everything at hand. Pay and display parking is available nearby.
Adjoining Coney Beach, Trecco Beach lies in front of Park Dean static caravan park and is surrounded by rock pools teaming with marine life. This beach is particularly popular with guests staying in the nearby caravans, and is perfect for families.
Newton Beach / Newton Bay
Located to the east of Porthcawl, and reached via Newton Green with its Norman church and long-standing inns, Newton Beach is framed by the extensive Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. The bay winds around from Newton Point to the mouth of the River Ogmore. This bay is popular with dog walkers, horse riders and watersports enthusiasts as well as those who prefer a quieter beach.
Wales Coastal Path
The Wales Coast Path is 870 miles long, and while some may decide to walk the whole path, the beauty of the path is that you can simply walk whichever sections you choose.
For more information on where you can join the path locally, including information on accessibility, check out the Coastal Path website:
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