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Porthcawl - Sandy Bay Beach

Porthcawl, Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend

Sheltered sandy beach within walking distance of Porthcawl. The Coney Beach amusement park is situated on the promenade.

Beach Type



Disabled access


Crazy golf
Under certain conditions this is a very popular beach for surfers

Nature and Wildlife

Explore the coast and the seaside town of Porthcawl

Water Quality





Dogs are not allowed on Sandy Bay beach from May to September.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Porthcawl TIC. Old Police Station. John Street 01656 786639


Nearest town: Porthcawl
County: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4747, -3.69349
Postcode: CF36 5BY
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Porthcawl Community, Bridgend at Explore Britain.


Junction 37 of the M4. direction Portcawl.

Public Transport

First service X2 goes between cardiff and Porthcawl. Nearest train station is Bridgend.

Nearest Railway Stations

Pyle (Approx. 4 miles away)
Bridgend (Approx. 5 miles away)
Wildmill (Approx. 6 miles away)
Sarn (Approx. 6 miles away)
Tondu (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking available. A fee applies in some areas.

Nearby Car Parks

Mackworth Road, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Hillsboro' Place North, Porthcawl (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Hillsboro' Place South, Porthcawl (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Sandy Lane, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
John Street, Porthcawl (Short stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Trecco Bay, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Fitzhamon Road, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Rest Bay, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Rivermouth, Ogmore-by-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Candleston Castle, Merthyr Mawr (Unknown stay).
About 2.9 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Porthcawl