Year of the Sea 2018: Best Beaches in North Wales

In 2018, Wales will be celebrating one of its best assets, the incredible and diverse sea. Not only the sea, but all things water, from mesmerising lakes, meandering rivers and of course, the award-winning coastline and all of the activities visitors and residents can enjoy there.

children playing on a beach near our Wales caravans for sale.

As 2018 is the Year of the Sea, we thought we would begin our celebration by mentioning the stunning beaches local to North Wales.

For many, a day or two spent at the beach while on holiday is a must! It’s great for all ages and all interests, with stunning scenery, fresh air and a giant playground made of sand and sea. Being surrounded by such beauty allows you to truly relax and unwind while you spend some quality time with those most important to you. Want to know where the best beaches are in North Wales? Our following guide may help you decide where is most suitable for you and your family.

Rhyl and Splash Point

The classic seaside destination of Rhyl is perfect for families visiting the area. The long stretch of golden sands is backed by the charming and recently rejuvenated promenade, providing tourists and residents with a classic Victorian coastal scene. The inviting beach is within walking distance to the town, so all the amenities you may require for a relaxing day spent at the beach with your family are within proximity.  The beach is approximately two miles long, and stretches from the Clwyd Estuary to Splash Point, even in the height of summer the ample space means it doesn’t feel crowded and visitors will be able to get the perfect spot for a day admiring the views and making memories with loved ones. If you’ve brought your four-legged friends along with you, head to the east of the beach, to Splash Point and they will be more than welcome all year around.

Kimmel Bay

Kinmel Bay is situated west of the Clwyd Estuary, the north facing beach is popular amongst water sports enthusiasts, as the bay is perfect for canoeing and kayaking, windsurfing and the increasingly popular, paddleboarding! Holidays are the perfect time to try something new, so why not hire some equipment for an hour or two and see how you get on when you’re on top of the water? The stunning bay is not the only attraction that draws people to the area, as the Kinmel Dunes Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife watchers, with an abundance of native flora such as sea holly and Lucerne as well as rare and impressive seabirds, skylarks and ringed plover are frequently seen and heard. The dunes at Kinmel Bay have a selection of paths leading visitors through them, making the route wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Dog restrictions from May – September.


The stone and shell beach of Pensarn is a forgotten gem in North Wales, with free parking, nearby toilets and a great café, it has everything you need for a fun day by the coast during your holiday. The panoramic views on offer are spectacular, with the open-ocean, wind turbines and the mountains of Llandudno surrounding you, visitors are visually spoilt. Pensarn is much quieter than other beaches in North Wales, making it perfect for those looking for a peaceful and serene setting, where they can enjoy the sounds of the waves and breath-taking scenery.

Dog restrictions from May – September.

Colwyn Bay

A rewarding walk can be enjoyed along the west promenade of Colwyn Bay to Rhos-On-Sea. Along the route, there are plenty of places to stop off to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a refreshing drink. Alternatively, you can walk along the bay itself, or set yourselves up for a day of finding shells, making sandcastles, dipping your toes in the Irish Sea and eating ice-cream! There is free parking within a five-minute walk to the bay which makes spending the whole day even more appealing!

Dog restrictions from May – September.

Conwy Morfa Beach

As the tide withdraws, more and more sand is revealed, and the beaches within the Conwy Bay beautifully merge into one. The golden sand and stunning headlands in the distance are picture perfect and offer a dreamy seaside destination for all the family, including your dogs. The beach is popular amongst keen fishers, and a catch is regularly brought in, be sure to pack your fishing rods.

What are your favourite beaches near our Wales caravans for sale? Let us know via our social media channels – and take a look at our other blogs about Wales’ Year of the Sea!

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