Sandy Bay (Porthcawl) (Coney Beach)

Sandy Bay (Porthcawl) - Glamorgan
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Sandy Bay, also known as Coney Beach, is a wide, sandy, and gently sloping beach. Looking south from near the centre of the town of Porthcawl there are views out onto the Bristol Channel. 

The beach is wide, but there can be several hundred metres of sand separating the surf and the promenade behind the beach at low tide. It is a popular spot for surfing and swimming and is backed by an amusement arcade. 

At the eastern end of the beach there is a small headland, with many rock pools that can be explored at low tide for signs of marine wildlife.

To the west of the beach is the Eastern Promenade, leading down to the harbour and lighthouse, with views out over the bay. A short walk beyond the harbour, visitors will find the centre of Porthcawl, with many shops, places to stay, places to eat, and an interesting museum about the history of the town. 

Parking can also be found alongside the promenade, either at the roadside, or in a car park on the grassy area behind it. The beach can be accessed down a ramp next to the amusement park.

Also known as:

Coney Beach

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog restrictions apply. Dog exercise area.

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Childrens play area
  • Promenade

Nearest town



CF36 5BY

OS grid ref.

SS 8238 7679

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Sandy Bay (Porthcawl) Reviews

Oct 25th 2019

Loaded with fun to over flowing . just so much choice.  all age. Love Porthcawl