Top Beaches in North Wales

Top Beaches in North Wales

Our guide for the best beaches in North Wales

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Our favourite sandy beach in North Wales

Dinas Dinlle is a lovely sandy beach in North Wales. It has a huge amount of space for long walks to blow away the cobwebs, plus a cafe serving delicious Welsh breakfasts. It’s only down the road from Caernarfon Castle, so it’s a great idea for a day trip, and the parking is free. Just remember, this is one of North Wales’ beaches that’s only dog-friendly in certain areas, so make sure to check signs.

Dinas Dinlle beach near Caernarfon, North Wales

Dinas Dinlle beach near Caernarfon, North Wales

Best beach in North Wales for dogs

Harlech Beach is 40 minutes away from our Beddgelert location and perfect for a day out with four-legged friends. As it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest, there are some dog-restricted areas, but the beach really is so huge, that dogs will have plenty of space to scamper around to their heart’s content. There’s stunning sand dunes for you to explore, and the iconic Harlech Castle only round the corner — where dogs are welcome too!

Sunset at Harlech Beach, North Wales

Sunset at Harlech Beach, North Wales

Best beach in North Wales for families

Colwyn Bay is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a pier, amusement arcade and loads of options for trying out watersports, great for kids and grownups alike. It’s a nice big sandy beach (perfect for sandcastles!) and the tide’s not too strong, making it a safe bet for a family day out by the seaside.

Family on the beach in North Wales

Family enjoying the beach in North Wales

Good beaches in north Wales for surfing

Porth Neigwl (also nicknamed Hell's Mouth, because of the beache's wide-open jaw-like shape) is a great surfing spot on the beautiful Llyen peninsula. The waves can get pretty wild, so we only recomment this spot if you're a seasoned surfer, or under the supervision of one of the local surf schools.

For some beautiful beaches in North Wales that feel truly remote, you might want to take a trip to the Isle of Anglesey. This little island is famous for its unparalleled natural beauty, and you can get there in under an hour from our cabins! There’s loads of amazing beaches for surfing here too. We think you’ll love Traeth Llyndan, which is in the picturesque seaside village of Rhosneigr. 

There we have just a handful of the nicest beaches in North Wales — now it’s time for you to start filling your holiday diary… Which North Wales beaches will you explore?

learning to surf in North Wales