by Katy Depledge
You’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for beaches in Abersoch. The Llyn Peninsula is well-known for its world-class beaches and sandy shores.
From the vibrant atmosphere of Abersoch Beach to the relaxing golden sands of Warren Beach, there’s a coastal gem for everyone. It’s time to pack your bucket and spade!
Keep reading to discover some of the best beaches in Abersoch and the surrounding areas…
Abersoch Beach is probably the most popular beach on the Llyn Peninsula. Its sheltered position makes it ideal for bathers and water sports lovers alike.
It’s also the most family-friendly beach in the area, making it a great place to enjoy with the kids. Spend the morning building sandcastles before grabbing an ice cream from one of the three cafes.
The afternoon can then be spent exploring the rockpools located at the far left of the beach (if facing the sea). Or why not rent one of the colourful beach huts that line the sandy shore?
In normal conditions, the beach is sheltered and safe for swimming, with a motor boat exclusion zone. Speed restrictions are enforced near the beach marked by a series of yellow buoys.
Abersoch Beach is also popular for water sports like sailing and windsurfing. The prevailing south-westerly wind blows cross-shore here which is ideal for windsurfers. A large number of yachts are moored in the bay during the summer months.
Don’t miss the international sailing events held at Abersoch Beach every year, providing a wonderful spectacle.
Bringing your four-legged friend? Dogs are welcome on the right side of the slipway all year round and on the rest of the beach between 1st April and 30th September.
Warren Beach is a long sandy beach associated with the exclusive Warren Chalet Park. However, the beach is open to the public and is one of our favourite beaches near Abersoch.
Spend time exploring the rocks around Llanbedrog Head or swimming in the safe waters. Warren Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year round.
Access is available from the Warren Car Park, an entrance opposite the Fach Farm chalet park or from the Harbour Beach at low tide.
Abersoch Harbour Beach is a small, sheltered beach located between the outer harbour and Warren Beach. A large area of sand is exposed at low tide, where you can walk around the headland from Abersoch to Haulfryn Warren and the beach.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds, Abersoch Harbour Beach is for you.
Dogs are not allowed on part of this beach between April 1st and September 30th.
Enjoy one of Abersoch’s popular beaches whilst staying in one of these holiday cottages in Abersoch. We also have a fantastic selection of dog-friendly beaches in Abersoch to choose from, to ensure your loveable pooch can join you on your next staycation.
This sandy beach is popular with families and consists of a mile-long strip of idyllic soft sand. As one of our favourite beaches on the Llyn Peninsula, Aberdaron Beach is an absolute must.
The beach is easy to visit with disabled access, making it the perfect spot for a family day out.
Explore the sea caves that can be found at either end of the beach or have a go at kayaking or windsurfing! The beach is south facing, so can also be a good spot for surfers and the strong winds make it a popular sailing area.
There are plenty of facilities just a short walk away in Aberdaron. Plus dogs are welcome on certain sections of the beach, making it a great dog-friendly day out in North Wales.
Porth Ceiriad is a beautiful sandy beach, popular amongst walkers and surfers alike. The beach is south-facing and sheltered, making it the ideal spot for sunbathing and sand-castle building!
There can be excellent surf conditions at Porth Ceiriad during mid-to-high tides. Or why not grab your mates and give bodyboarding or kayaking a go?
Dogs are allowed all year round and the beach can be accessed from the Wales Coast Path, just south of Abersoch.
Porth Colmon Beach or Penllech Beach to give it its proper title can be reached from the rocky harbour at Porth Colmon or from a footpath from the car park situated about halfway along the beach.
This sandy beach stretches for over a mile long at low tide and is normally very quiet due to its remote location.
Whistling Sands is a popular beach, backed by steep grassy cliffs. This small, picturesque beach is owned by the National Trust and during the summer months, facilities including shops and toilets are available.
The beach is known as “Whistling Sands” because of the sound that occurs when you shuffle your feet over the gleaming sand! This does not happen all the time but is a unique experience when it does. The noise is created by the unique shape of the sand particles and there is only one other such beach in Europe.
Cafe Porthor, one of the top beach cafes in North Wales provides great food and wonderful views during your visit to Porth Oer. A National Trust car park is a 200yd walk to the beach.
Another National Trust gem, Llanbedrog Beach is a small sheltered beach, with an enchanting woodland backdrop.
Llanbedrog is a quieter option to the beaches of Abersoch and is famous for its colourful beach huts that overlook Cardigan Bay. There is a car park and toilets nearby and a licensed cafe on the beach.
Porth Neigwl, or Hell’s Mouth as it is also known, is a long stretch of sand and stones, exposed to the full force of the Atlantic. It is extremely popular with surfers and is one of the best places for watersports in North Wales.
It’s often a good spot to get away from the busier Abersoch beaches. There is a small parking area a half mile or so from the village of Llanengan – though this gets congested in the summer, especially when there is surf.
There are no facilities, though a mobile snack bar is often in the car park in the summer. A British Surf Association surf school operates at this beach. Dogs are allowed all year round.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Swimming is dangerous here, as on any beach that gets surf, with strong undertows and cross currents. There is a council warning sign at the entrance to the beach but as with all local beaches there is no lifeguard. The cliffs are also highly unstable and should be avoided.
Porth Dinllaen Beach is a popular spot, home to a long sweeping sandy bay sheltered by the Carreg Ddu headland. The village of Porthdinllaen runs along the beach front and is car-free, making it the ideal destination for families.
The famous Ty Coch Inn, one of our favourite places on the Llyn Peninsula, is situated along Porth Dinllaen Beach. Located on the waterside, the popular pub has often been named as one of the best beach bars in the world.
Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn Beach form a sweeping bay with 2 miles of golden sand. Nefyn Beach is well known for its clear blue waters, beach huts and stunning views of The Rival Mountains.
The village’s beach can be reached down Lon Y Traeth, a steep road with a parking area and public restrooms at the end.
Are you heading to one of these idyllic Abersoch beaches during your next holiday on the Llyn Peninsula? Check out these fabulous 15 things to do in Abersoch to make sure you have a holiday to remember.
Image Credits: Eric Jones (CC BY-SA 2.0), Sarah Williams (CC BY-SA 2.0) and Oliver Dixon (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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