Aberystwyth (South) Beach (Traeth y De)

Aberystwyth’s sand and shingle South Beach is known for being quieter than the North Beach lying between the main harbour and Aberystwyth castle.

During the summer months you will find lifeguards patrolling the beach which means that families can swim here with peace of mind. The southern end of the beach is a popular spot for those who like surfing and body boarding as the waves here tend to be slightly larger.

If you are lucky when you visit Aberystwyth South Beach, you may see one of the resident porpoises, especially during warmer weather. As well as the flora and fauna found here, the beach has some gorgeous views that stretch all the way along the coast.

In the summer months there are boat trips which leave from the neighbouring Aberystwyth Harbour. These pass by the beach and out into Cardigan Bay in search of lobster, scallops, mackerel, and crab.

Also known as:

Traeth y De

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dogs on the northern part of the beach between 1st May and 30th Sept. Dogs are allowed all year on the section of beach between the slipway and the harbour.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Donkey rides
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



SY23 1DZ

OS grid ref.

SN 5798 8135


Parking. disabled parking and park and ride all available.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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