Marine Road Beach (Colwyn Bay)
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Marine Road Beach sits at the western end of the rock and shingle beach adjacent to the centre of Colwyn Bay. The beach is popular for activities such as swimming, water sports, and sailing, with many sailing boats docking along this section of the shore. Being relatively flat, at low tide it is wide and vast, whilst a fairly thin strip of rocks and shingle is left once the tide has come in.
There is plenty of roadside parking along West Promenade, a short walk to the west of the beach. The promenade extends all along the Colwyn Bay beach front offering walking and cycle tracks as well as excellent views of the surrounding coastline. There is a dog ban on the beach from May until September. Dolphins and seals are occasionally spotted in the surf, whilst wading birds are a common sight. The beach can be accessed via a slipway.
The Toad, a Victorian pub which serves food overlooks the beach. Further facilities such as a railway station, shops, places to eat, places to stay and toilets can be found in the Victorian resort town of Colwyn Bay, a few hundred meters to the east of the beach, adjacent to the pier. The town is home to a Welsh Mountain Zoo and Dinosaur World and has a number of family-orientated attractions.