Kinmel Bay (Sandy Cove)

Also known as Sandy Cove, Kinmel Bay lies on the western side of the River Clwyd just across the estuary from Rhyl. The sandy beach is a popular spot with summer visitors and is used all year round by watersport enthusiasts. 

Nature lovers should keep a look out for the occasional grey seal which might be spotted bobbing up and down in the water offshore, and the beach is also a good spot for skylarks, kestrel and a variety of wading birds.

Alongside the beach is a narrow promenade which passes the Kinmel Dunes Nature Reserve, which provides a habitat for a number of maritime plants including sea holly, rest harrow and bird’s foot trefoil.

The beach benefits from a large car park with toilets and in summer there is a beach kiosk open along the promenade.  An Asda supermarket can be found very close to the beach. 

In the nature reserve dogs must be kept on leads and the beach itself has dog walking restrictions from May to September.

Also known as:

Sandy Cove

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are not allowed on a section the beach between Dinas Avenue, Kinmel Bay and Sandbank Road Towyn from May to September. Dogs are allowed on the rest of the beach throughout the year although must be kept on a lead in the nature reserve.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • First aid point

Nearest town



LL18 5NH

OS grid ref.

SH 9862 8069


There is FREE parking available for over 100 cars (including disabled).

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Green Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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