Beaches on Anglesey
With long sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore, Anglesey has a spectacular 125 mile coastline making the island the perfect location for a relaxing beach holiday! Take a look below at some of the beaches that Anglesey has to offer.
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Beaches near Beaumaris
The beach at Beaumaris itself is a sand and shingle beach fronting the small picturesque town. The views from here across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia a truly stunning. There is a coastal path in both directions and boat trips available to Puffin Island. Pay car park next to the northern part of the beach, toilets, food, shops and slipway; dog restrictions apply May to September. Seaside Award.
Red Wharf bay is the nearest sandy beach. This is a large bay on the east coast of the island, at low tide this fine sweep of sand, covering nearly 10 square miles is revealed, superb for swimming, sunbathing and watersports. The whole bay is a designated nature reserve and attracts an abundance of birdlife, it is well known amongst twitchers. The beach is backed by the village which has three restaurants, the ever-popular Ship Inn, The Tavarn and The Boathouse.
At the eastern end of Red Wharf bay, this is a long sandy beach popular for bathing, paddling, beach combing and walking; coastal walks offering views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia. Free car parking, toilets, cafe; shops in Llanddona or Benllech. Dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Traeth Coch, Red Wharf Bay
A large bay on the north coast of Anglesey south-east of Benllech which at low tide forms an extensive area of fine sand; the whole Bay is a designated nature reserve and the area is steeped in history including Castell Mawr which sits prominently on its outcrop of limestone to the north. Free parking available, toilets, food and slipway; dogs are allowed. Seaside Award.
St David's, Red Wharf Bay
A sandy beach on the west side of the Bay, just south of Benllech.Parking available - charges apply, food/shops (bigger range in Benllech), dog restrictions apply. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Beaches near Benllech
The Blue Flag Award beach at Benllech is one of the most popular of the island's beaches with fine golden sand and clear blue waters which are exceptionally safe for bathing and paddling and watersports. At low tide the sand stretches for miles giving young children plenty of space in which to play or stroll. The beach has good facilities including disabled. The small town of Benllech has plenty of shops, a supermarket, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Beaches near Moelfre
Moelfre itself has a pretty little pebble beach overlooked by the village. The bay is very sheltered, and the slipway makes it a popular spot for launching boats. The coastline around here is perfect for rock pooling or just relaxing and enjoying watching the world go by.
The nearest sandy beach is Traeth Lligwy, a lovely quiet sandy beach north-west of Moelfre great for swimming and waters sports and backed by the coastal path. Parking is a short walk from the beach; toilets, dogs are allowed. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended. Traeth Penrhyn is a short walk further up the coast as is Traeth Y Ora, both lovely quiet beaches accessed by foot or boat.
Traeth Bychan is another lovely sheltered sandy beach south of Moelfre, very popular for watersports. It has a sailing club, toilets, parking and café.
A quiet sandy beach north-west of Moelfre with standard facilities; swimming and waters sports, coastal path. Parking is a short walk from the beach; toilets, dogs are allowed. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Beaches near Cemaes Bay
The two beaches at Cemaes Bay have a lot to offer. Plenty of sand, rock pools, a promenade and a lovely little harbour. There is even a charming bell, St Patrick's Bell, installed in 2014 this bell on legs is set to chime on the high tide. Both beaches are overlooked by the little town of Cemaes which has all the facilities you'll need for a day at the beach.
A large stretch of shingle beach situated on the north coast of the island, to the west of Cemaes, which has a ridge at the rear offering protection to an impressive salt water lagoon. This is an important habitat for wintering birds including four species of tern that breed on islands in the lagoon. There are two free car parks for 100 cars between them, toilets, beach cleaned daily; dogs are allowed but they must be kept away from the nesting birds. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Church Bay, Rhydwyn
A steep footpath from the village of Rhydwyn in north-west Anglesey leads down to a beautiful bay made up of rocks, pebbles and sand. It is edged by rock pools and backed by steep cliffs along which the Isle of Anglesey coastal path runs; Carmel Head to the north is a wilderness of gorse and pine trees. Free parking for 40 cars by the beach, toilets, food, beached cleaned daily, slipway; dogs are allowed. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Porth Trwyn, Llanfaethlu
Just to the south of Church Bay and a couple of miles from the village of Llanfaethlu, Porth Trwyn is a quiet sandy bay backed by dunes, National Trust areas both to the north and south. Free parking available. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Porth Tywyn Mawr
This is a long beach with sand dunes to the north of Holyhead, 1.5 miles from the small village of Llanfwrog. It is good for most water sports and with coastal walks taking in the local wildlife including puffins and other rare birds, together with grey seals, porpoise and the occasional sighting of a bottle-nosed dolphin. Free parking. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
A sandy beach south-west of Holyhead and west of Trearddur; backed by cliffs, it has a sheltered and marked bathing area. Popular for watersports especially windsurfing, surfing and canoeing; the Anglesey Coastal Path runs from the beach. Free parking for 30 cars by the beach, toilets, beach cleaned daily and slipway; dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
This popular Blue Flag Award beach has a large sandy beach is sloping gently to the sea. With rock pools either side and a slipway for launching boats this is the perfect family beach. This beach has a protected bathing area marked by buoys, toilet facilities (including disabled), car parks and beach warden service. The village itself has shops and a great selection of beach cafes and restaurants.
Further up the coast is the National Trust owned Porth Dafarch. This is a sheltered sandy beach nestling below rugged headland, the beach offers safe anchorage for yachts, rock pools for children to play in and clean bathing water. It is popular for watersports, snorkelling and coasteering.
Beaches near Rhosneigr
With its two broad, sandy beaches, Traeth Crigyll and Traeth Llydan, this is a popular centre for all watersports. Traeth Crigyll can be quite exposed making it ideal for kite surfers, and if not partaking it can be great fun to watch! Rhosnegr has an all-season appeal for watersports and a fun modern vibe. Traeth Llydan is a lovely stretch of golden sand backed by dunes and a fabulous café with beach huts on the veranda! Rhosneigr is superb for walking on the beach, with rocky outcrops and dramatic sand dunes. Nearby is Llyn Maelog which has a circular walk, for those wanting to watch the wildlife.
Just down the coast is Traeth Trecastell (cable Bay), a sandy coved beach edged by cliffs and rock pool, great for swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sea canoeing, windsurfing and fishing. Pay parking for 50 cars at the beach. On the headland here is an ancient burial mound well worth the visit
Llanfaelog - Porth Tyn Tywyn
A sandy undeveloped beach backed by dunes south-east of Rhosneigr, attracting windsurfers, surfers and canoeists in particular. Pay Parking available, toilets. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
A rural sandy beach located on a headland with cliffs to one side and rock pools to the other, between the towns Rhosneigr and Aberffraw The coastal footpath leads south from here to the ancient burial chamber of Barclodiad y Gawr. Free parking for 10 cars at the beach, toilets, beach cleaned daily, dogs allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Porth Trecastell (Cable Bay)
South-east of Rhosneigr and south of Llanfaelog, Porth Trecastell is a sandy coved beach edged by cliffs and rock pools; swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sea canoeing, windsurfing and fishing. Pay parking for 50 cars at the beach, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Aberffraw Bay, Traeth Mawr
In the south-eastern corner of the island, Aberffraw Bay is a rural, unspoilt and un-crowded beach of sand with some fantastic coastal paths to enjoy the magnificent scenery; at low tide it is possible to walk to the far side of the bay. Free parking; toilets, food and shops in the village. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Beaches near Menai Bridge
The nearest beach is the wonderful Llanddwyn with its long ribbon of sand, ideal for sunbathing and swimming, backed by forest, three miles of high dunes and spectacular views across to the mountains of the Lleyn Peninsula. Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve is just behind the beach, and there are extensive marked footpaths and cycleways in the nearby Newborough Forest. There is a large car park, picnic area and toilets. Llanddwyn is a popular all-year-round destination, and is particularly popular for a boxing day walk! A spectacular tidal walk can be taken to historic Llanddwyn Island, which is named after the Welsh patron saint of love, Dwynwen (the Welsh celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, the Welsh, St Valentine’s Day, on the 25th January).