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Beach:Porthcawl - Rest Bay Beach

  • Blue Flag Wales

Beach, free entry

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It is one of several beaches stretching from Sker Point through to Ogmore in the seaside resort of Porthcawl which is located between the towns of Port Talbot to the north and Ogmore by Sea to the west. Porthcawl’s promenade, built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and restored in 1996, runs along the seafront from Lock’s Common in the west to the harbour, before joining the eastern promenade and leading to Coney Beach and Griffin Park. There are many cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels located along the promenade which offer spectacular views across the Bristol Channel; traditional ice cream parlours run by South Wales Italian families have never lost their popularity.

A new state-of-the-art water sports centre overlooks Porthcawl’s Blue Flag Rest Bay beach, and will provide the perfect base for adventure seekers eager to sample South Wales’ outdoor activity offering in 2020.

Local experts Porthcawl Surf School will use the new centre as a base to offer year round surf lessons and hire as well as stand up paddle board lessons. There will also be a fleet of thirty vehicles for hire including mountain bikes, fat bikes, e-bikes, California cruisers and a beach wheelchair. Visitors will be able to join bike tours to points of interest throughout Porthcawl and Newton, as well as a tour based on the legends of Kenfig Dunes.

The centre also promises to benefit the local community, acting as a base for beach cleans and courses on environmental education, outdoor learning and ocean literacy. It will also act as a training centre for life guards and surf instructors and as the base for the Welsh Coast Surf Club.

The centre has been built thanks to £1.5m of EU funding via the Welsh Government’s Tourism Attractor Destination programme. This is a £61.9m programme launched by Visit Wales to create thirteen must-see tourist destinations utilising a total of £27.7m worth of EU funds.

Blue Flag beach. Toilets, café bar, parking. Lifeguard service provided 10:00 - 18:00 daily 25 May to 1 September & 7 - 22 September 2019 weekends only. No dogs allowed May to end September.

Open all the time


Free entry


Information Centre


CF36 3UP


Plan route to Porthcawl - Rest Bay Beach using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 802779  Lat: 51.48766 Long: -3.72604

Leave the M4 at Junction 37 and follow signs for Porthcawl town centre. At a roundabout after 3 miles, take 3rd exit (right) onto Newton Nottage Rd, which soon becomes Fulmar Rd, following signs for Rest Bay & Nottage. Follow this for 0.75 mile; Fulmar Rd does a sharp left and becomes Mallard Way West. After 200m, turn sharp right and after about 500m, there's a car park by the Rest Bay lifeguard station.

Rest Bay is several miles from the town centre bus stop, so you will either need to walk or join the road train which runs from Porthcawl promenade and stops at various points en-route.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Bridgend station