Porth Dafarch Beach
The National Trust owned Porth Dafarch is a sheltered sandy beach on the south coast of Holy Island. Nestling below rugged headlands, the beach offers safe anchorage for yachts, rock pools for children to play in and clean bathing water.
Porth Dafarch offers some good snorkelling in its sheltered waters but the area is best known for its scuba diving with the 1886 wreck of the steamer Missouri situated around half a mile offshore.
The beach here is great for those of an active persuasion; there are cycle racks to park your bike and a slipway for launching your (not power-) boat.
Strangely for a Blue Flag beach there is no lifeguard service. There is however a beach warden on duty during the summer months.
Other facilities include a parking area and public toilets.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dog ban in force from 1st May until 30th September
- Diving & snorkelling
- Good fishing
- Rock pooling
- Disabled facilities
OS grid ref.
SH 2339 8000
There is free parking for 30 cars by the beach.
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Porth Dafarch Beach Reviews
The most beautiful beach
This has been my favourite beach for over 50 years . It has blue Flag , there are toilets and is free of dogs in the Summer months
It’s a great family beach for a full days fun
A real gem
EmilyAug 22nd 2020
This is a gorgeous beach. Just so pretty. Soft sand and gentle waters.
Mel HipkissSep 22nd 2022
Beautiful beach. Clean and easy to access. Grub being done in pop up excellent.Parking available. Toilets available.
Dogs on the beach
We have just spent a week here with our grandchildren GREAT. The only issue was the lack of enforcement of the Dogs on the beach. Spoke to the beach warden who failed to do anything about it. At one time we counted eight dogs who were allowed to use the sea has their toilet.
johnjamesOct 05th 2021
Great place always clean and a safe shallow cove that is ideal for learning sea skills, outside taps for washing sand off, toilets cleaned in the morning and locked at night, well done Anglesey.
Winning winning winning
Donald TrumpSep 23rd 2021
Beautiful beach…beautiful. A real sad shame about the toilets but beautiful beach,don’t believe the fake news.
Noisy as a building site.
David BrownJul 21st 2021
Beautiful spot. Continuous annoying noise from a really loud generator. I’m not sure whether it was coming from the burger van, or the shed next to it.
Fantastic beach with easy access to the coast path. Pity about the many dog owners
who ignore the sign. More signs needed about the restriction, or more considerate dog owners.
This beach ticks all the boxes, it’s beautiful, safe, no dogs, there is a warden, free car parking and toilets, clean clear water, and a sandy beach.
It’s hard to beat.