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Top 10 most beautiful beaches in North Wales

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North Wales may not be the first place that comes to mind when you're thinking of a beach holiday, but for travellers looking for a change of pace, the destination just might surprise you. Whether you’re in search of a quiet beach for a fun family break, or an isolated cove for a romantic walk along the sand, North Wales is blessed with some truly stunning beaches. Tucked away along the coastline, there are secret coves mixed with miles and miles of golden sands, turquoise waters and if you’re lucky, you may spot a dolphin too.

Whether you want to surf, swim or just soak up the sunlight, discover some of our top 10 favourites here...

1. Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula

Porthdinllaen is a picturesque fishing village perched on a beautiful stretch of sandy beach on the northern side of the Llŷn Peninsula. The beach at Porthdinllaen sweeps for 2 miles all the way across to Morfa Nefyn to form a magnificent sheltered bay.

Owned by the National Trust and accessible only by foot, Porthdinllaen has a rich history of ship building, fishing, and smuggling but is probably best known for its pub, the Tŷ Coch Inn (Red House). This picturesque village with its handful of buildings is the perfect backdrop for a day at the beach, with plenty of rock pools suitable for searching for sea life and incredible panoramic views over turquoise waters.

Can you take your dog? Yes, but there are restrictions as you enter the beach to the right (towards Nefyn) from 1st April until 30th September.

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An autumn walk, Porthdinllaen

2. Llanddwyn Beach, Anglesey

The golden sands and sand dunes of Llanddwyn Beach, sometimes called Newborough beach, stretch for miles. The beach is backed by Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve where you may spot a red squirrel or two within the majestic Newborough Forest. From the beach there are views across to Snowdonia National Park and the Llŷn Peninsula, and a path that leads to the rocky promontory of Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn in welsh). Llanddwyn Island is a magical place steeped in history where it’s said that St. Dwynwyn the Welsh patron saint of lovers is buried.

Can you take your dog? Yes, but there are restrictions as you enter the beach from the main car park to the left including Llanddwyn Island from 1st May until 30th September.

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Llanddwyn and Newborough beach (© VisitWales, all rights reserved)

3. Porth Iago, Llŷn Peninsula

Porth Iago is picture perfect and could be mistaken for beach on a Greek Island, except the Irish sea is a tad cold! It’s a private beach with a nominal parking fee and you can even camp overnight although facilities are limited.

You get to the beach via a track through Ty Mawr farm, parking is in a field above the beach and a steep sandy path leads down to its shore.

Porth Iago is a sheltered, sandy beach, has a south-westerly orientation perfect for sunbathing, and its clear blue waters are ideal for swimming and kayaking.

Can you take your dog? Yes, you can walk four-legged friend along this sandy beach all year round. There are even free pooper scoopers from the welcome cabin too.

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Bessie, enjoying the view over Porth Iago

4. Llanbedrog Beach, Llŷn Peninsula

Sheltered by the craggy headland of Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd, the calm waters and golden sands of Llanbedrog Beach are perfect for splashing about with the family. There are colourfully painted beach huts that resemble a line of toy-town sentry boxes which add to the laidback and friendly vibe, and can be rented from the National Trust.

Can you take your dog? Yes, although dogs must be on their leads until after the beach hut and swimming area.

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The beach huts at Llanbedrog

5. Aberffraw Bay, Anglesey

Aberffraw beach is where Anglesey’s Sahara meets the sea; this long and unspoilt stretch of golden sands is arguably one of the finest beaches in North Wales. Backed by a host of sand dunes, the beach feels like it stretches as far as the eye can see. It never gets particularly crowded so you should be free to enjoy its beauty and tranquillity at any time of the year, and if you’re lucky you may even spot a dolphin or even the occasional Minke Whale.

There’s a free parking area just off the A4080 east of Aberffraw village, and you reach the beach by walking for about ½ mile along the sandy riverbank.

Can you take your dog? Yes, all year round.

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Aberffraw beach

6. Hell’s Mouth Beach, Llŷn Peninsula

Okay we admit it, the name of this next beach sounds somewhat frightening, but don’t be deterred – Hell’s Mouth (otherwise known as Porth Neigwl) with its 4 mile stretch of sandy beach is popular with families and is treated as Nirvana by surfers. This south west facing beach that collects any swell pushing in from the Atlantic offers North Wales's best and most reliable surf break and is great for surfing, body boarding and kayaking. If swimming, take care as the often-sizable waves mean swimming can be risky.

Can you take your dog? Yes, all year round.

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Hell’s Mouth (© VisitWales, all rights reserved)

7. Porth Oer (Whistling Sands), Llŷn Peninsula

On the northern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, the white sands of Porth Oer are famous for the squeaking sound that is made as you trample the dry sand underfoot, giving them the nickname “Whistling Sands”. The crescent shaped picturesque beach has rugged headland at either end and the water here is popular with swimmers and surfers.

With its famous ‘Whistling Sands’ and glistening waters this secluded gem is without doubt one of the most beautiful on the Llŷn Peninsula.

Can you take your dog? Yes, but only during the winter months. During the summer (1st April to 30th September) no dogs are allowed on the beach.

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The squeaky beach of Whistling Sands

8. Porth Ceiriad, Llŷn Peninsula

This idyllic sandy beach on the southern coast of the Llyn, has everything you need for a great day out. South facing and very sheltered, it’s good for sunbathing and popular for most water sports, especially surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking and sailing.

The beach can be accessed from the Wales Coast Path but there is a car park at Nant y Big farm, (access for cars is through a coin meter barrier), it’s then a short walk through fields and down some fairly steep steps cut into the cliff side to the beach.

Can you take your dog? Yes, all year round.

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Porth Ceriad beach

9. Harlech Beach, Snowdonia National Park

Renowned for being one of the cleanest beaches in Snowdonia, Harlech’s 4 miles of sandy beach has something for every beach lover and is probably one of the most photographed strips of sand in the world. The beach is surrounded by sand dunes and beautiful countryside. In the distance, the mountains of Snowdonia are ever present, as well as Harlech Castle, which overlooks the beach. The beach can be accessed from numerous points, but the one recommended is from the car park access.

Can you take your dog? Yes, but there are restrictions as you enter the beach from the main car park to the north for about 500 yards from 1st April until 30th September.

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Harlech beach (© VisitWales, all rights reserved)

10. Barmouth Beach

Barmouth is southern Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resort with breath taking views of Cardigan Bay and a picturesque harbour. Its big sandy beach is a magnet for visitors, yet there’s so much space along miles of unbroken sands it never gets overcrowded. It is west facing with a mixture of sand and some fine shingle and is ideal for bathing and water sports.

There are traditional donkey rides, swing boats and amusement arcades. Or for something a bit more adventurous why not try Stand Up Paddle boarding in the beautiful surroundings of the Mawddach Estuary.

Can you take your dog? Yes, but the main sections has restrictions as you from 1st April until 30th September.

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Barmouth beach (© VisitWales, all rights reserved)

To make the most of your beach day, go prepared – pack a bag with everything you need for the day including sun cream and some sea shoes so that you can jump off those rocks and explore everything they have on offer.

When you lay back, basking in the sun, taking in the scenery and enjoying the beautiful waters you will feel like you’ve had some real time out.

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