In times past the main focal point of the Colwyn Bay beach was the grade II listed pier. Unfortunately this rather grand structure has been closed for a number of years and may well end up being demolished soon. Attention has now swung a little way along the promenade to the recently built Porth Eirias watersports centre. The centre offers tuition in sailing, windsurfing and power boating, as well as kayak and canoe hire.
At high tide there used to be no beach exposed, but a new rebuilding project has remedied this situation somewhat. Thousands of tons of sand have been dredged from off shore sand banks and relocated along the top of the beach. The result of this erosion-correcting work is that you can now access a rather stunning sandy beach regardless of the tide level. Obviously, as soon as the tide ebbs an even broader sandy beach is revealed.
And if you want to ‘keep the sand out of your sandals’ the adjacent promenade offers the perfect avenue for a seaside stroll – follow it along past the pier and on to the harbour at Rhos on Sea.
The beach is well supplied with facilities, including toilets, showers and a café at the Porth Eirias centre. Colwyn Bay itself has all manner of 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.