Still Not Sure Whether To Visit Porthcawl?

Look What Visitors Have Said

Stunning unspoilt beach

Travelled to many world class beaches but Rest Bay is without doubt one of my favourite. Retaining the European blue flag award for a number of years the beach has beautiful clean golden sands backed by rocks and cliffs. Rest Bay offers something for everything, be it families looking for a traditional beach visit building sand castles and eating ice cream or surfers looking to enjoy the waves from Atlantic swells. On a good day it can produce some excellent surf conditions and with several local surf schools it's a great place to learn. Surf board, SUP, kayak and wetsuit hire are all available from the car park. The closest surf beach in drive time from locations like London, Reading, Birmingham, Gloucester and Bristol it is well worth a visit. With the second largest tidal range in the world the beach stretches around 1.5 miles at low tide but is completely covered at high tide so check tide times before visiting. The beach can have a very strong current in the direction of town particularly during spring tides and whenever there is surf so take care: stay on golf club side of lifeguard station 3 hours before and after high tide. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months who place flags on the beach for swimmers and surfers. The newly built Watersports Centre overlooks Rest Bay beach with fantastic views across the Bristol Channel. Dogs are banned on the central section of the beach and this is normally controlled by lifeguards when they are on duty. The cove area is popular with climbers particularly at Box Bay.

Very peaceful

This is the far quieter of the beaches in central Porthcawl and so is very relaxing. We took a walk along the coastal path and then went rock pooling over the rocks of the beach. It is a very lovely beach and also has a cafe which overlooks and also sells hot food (for reasonable prices too).
A perfect beach for rock pooling and surfing, which also has lifeguards on duty throughout the day.

Beautiful‡ views and good for exploring!

During our visit to Porthcawl, visiting Rest Bay was by far the highlight of our trip. The weather was lovely an the views were amazing. Parking was easy enough right on the bay and only cost £2.80 for all day. When the tide went out there were lots of lovely rockpools to explore and beautiful sands to walk along. The breeze made a few small waves, ideal for children and adults to play in! There were lots of areas for families to set up camp, meaning it didnt feel over crowded and the surfing made for a good watch! I will definitely be visiting here again and if the weather is good its an absolute must see!


Just outside Porthcawl is Rest Bay, we bought fish and chips from the town and drove up, parked on the car park over looking the bay and tucked in.Just lovely and good fun for a wander too.  Lots of people surfing and swimming so plenty to keep yourself interested.

Great beach for water‡ sports‡ & walking

Great beach for surfing, SUP and kitesurfing. Keep an eye on the tide times for kitesurfing as you need 2 hours either side for there to be enough beach. Carparking is Pay and display all year round. You can walk along the Wales coastal path even when the tide is in.

Scroll to Top