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Porthcawl - Rest Bay Beach

Porthcawl, Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend

A firm golden sandy beach backed by low cliffs and The Royal Porthcawl Golf Course. It faces south west and receives the full force of the Atlantic swells, which produces excellent surf.

Beach Type



Toilets with disabled facilities
First aid post
Lost child centre
Cafe and a slipway


Sea canoeing and fishing
There is zoning for water sports

Nature and Wildlife

Rest bay and its neighbours are situated adjacent to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. There is a cycle route from Porthcawl and common land next to the beach for walks. There are excellent rock pools on the beach and Kenfig National Nature Reserve is 3 miles

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the Council throughout the bathing season. Both litter and dog bins are provided but dogs are not allowed on the beach from May - September.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Porthcawl Tourist Information Centre. John Street. Porthcawl. Tel: 01656 786639. For further info visit:


Nearest town: Porthcawl
County: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4868, -3.72852
Postcode: CF36 3UW
(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.


At junction 37 of the M4. take the A4229. which leads straight to Porthcawl. There are signs to Rest Bay. For access to the beach. steps and a ramp have been constructed adjacent to the lifeguard station.

Public Transport

There is a railway station at Bridgend and a regular bus service operates from Bridgend to Porthcawl.

Nearest Railway Stations

Pyle (Approx. 3 miles away)
Bridgend (Approx. 7 miles away)
Wildmill (Approx. 7 miles away)
Sarn (Approx. 7 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.


Rest Bay car park with 500 spaces. including spaces for disabled people.

Nearby Car Parks

Rest Bay, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Fitzhamon Road, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
John Street, Porthcawl (Short stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Hillsboro' Place South, Porthcawl (Long stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Hillsboro' Place North, Porthcawl (Long stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Sandy Lane, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Mackworth Road, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Heol Ton, Kenfig (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Kenfig (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Trecco Bay, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Porthcawl