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Sandy Bay – also known locally as Coney Beach – sits adjacent to Porthcawl’s Eastern Promenade. At nearly a mile long, the beach is popular with surfers, bathers and families with plenty of attractions for children.

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Sandy Bay


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.

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Newton Beach


Newton is the most easterly beach at Porthcawl and is a ten minute walk from the picturesque village of Newton. This beach is sandy and rocky and popular with windsurfers, jet skiers and power boat users. There is a slipway which is used by the local boat club. With miles of sand (although very rocky in parts), you can walk to the river mouth at Ogmore; it is next to Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr dunes.

Rest Bay
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Rest Bay


Rest Bay is a golden, sandy beach on the outskirts of the town of Porthcawl, backed by The Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and low cliffs.

The beach faces south-west, which means that it is not sheltered from the Atlantic winds and the waves here can be quite large, making it a good beach for surfing, as well as wind/kite surfing. When the waves are not too big, fishing, bathing and canoeing are popular pastimes here.
There is zoning for water sports and the beach is cleaned daily during the summer months.

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