Penmaenmawr has a long history of quarrying; indeed the steep hillside above the town is peppered with quarrying works both old and new. Despite this industrial slant it has also been a popular seaside resort since the mid 19th century. When the new A55 expressway was built in the 1980s a new promenade area was constructed – this has a clean, modern feel and provides a focal point for visitors to this extensive beach.
This is a family friendly place with a paddling pool and play area on the promenade. There is also a skate park here and an amusement arcade.
A narrow pebble strip is all that remains at high tide, but come low tide a huge flat beach consisting of fine, compact sand is revealed. It is popular with wind surfers and sailing boats, yet for many people it is just a great place for a swim or a bracing stroll. The views out across the Menai Strait to Puffin Island and over to the Great Orme are excellent.
The beach is well served with facilities; there is a café, toilets, and beach chalets can be hired. The adjacent town of Penmaenmawr also has numerous shops, cafes and pubs.
Between the 1st of May and 30th September one section of the beach is designated as a dog exclusion area.
Approach / parking:
The promenade is well supplied with car parking space.