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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A sand and shingle beach fronting the small picturesque town of Beaumaris with views across the Menai Straight to Snowdonia. 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.
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.
A sandy bay favoured for swimming and water sports with good disabled facilities and access for young families. The small town of Benllech has a variety of shops and cafes. Parking - Parking available (charges apply), toilets, food, shops; dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
This pretty shingle bay is popular for sailing, fishing, boating and picnics; Seawatch centre near the harbour with a maritime history display. Parking available, toilets, slipway, dogs are allowed. Seaside Award.
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.
Cemaes Traeth Mawr & Cemaes Traeth Bach
Cemaes is a small town overlooking a picturesque sheltered bay. Within the bay and next to the village, Traeth Mawr is the larger of the two sandy beaches with rock pools and a promenade. Boat trips are available to locations around the island; watersports include kayaking and windsurfing. Traeth Bach, the little beach at Cemaes, is separated from Traeth Mawr by the harbour and the river. Parking is available next to the beach, toilets, food, shops and slipway; dog restrictions apply May to September. Seaside Award.
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.
A sandy beach at Trearddur just to the south of Holyhead; backed by cliffs with a sheltered and marked bathing area with rock pooling. Popular for watersports, particularly windsurfing, surfing, canoeing and sailing. Parking is available next to the beach; toilets, shops, slipway, dogs not allowed on certain areas May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Recommended.
Rhosneigr, Traeth Crigyll
Rhosneigr is a large sandy beach with a few rocks on the west coast of Anglesey, south-east of Holyhead. It is popular with water sports enthusiasts, especially windsurfers and kite surfers although it's exposed position means that it can become rough and suitable only for the competent. Parking is available (there is a charge during peak times), toilets, food, shops and slipway. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
Rhosneigr, Traeth Llydan
Set in a bay, this 1.5 mile long beach is made up of soft sand with some shingle, pebbles and rock edged by sand dunes. At low tide the boat pool area has many rock pools and the reef off the beach is home to a tern colony. Swimming, sailing, scuba diving, surfing, sea canoeing, jet skiing, windsurfing, power boating, water-skiing, kite surfing and snorkelling; surf boards available for hire at the beach. The wildlife area Maelog Lake is nearby. Free parking for 100 cars in Rhosneigr (can be difficult at busy times), beach cleaned weekly, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.
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.
Llanddwyn Beach is located south-west of Llanfair PG and is a long ribbon of sand backed by forest and 3 miles of high dunes with spectacular views across to the mountains of the Lleyn Peninsula. Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve is just behind the beach, a path leads to the nature reserve at Llanddwyn Island and there are extensive footpaths in the nearby Newborough Forest. There is a large car park and picnic area, toilets, food and shops; the beach is cleaned daily during the summer. Dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.