The Beach Guide

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 meters 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

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Dog restrictions apply. Dog exercise area.

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Activities

Facilities

  • Promenade

Nearest town

Porthcawl

Postcode

CF36 5BY

OS grid ref.

SS 8238 7679

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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