Aberporth is situated between the headlands of Trecregyn and Fathgarreg, and has two bays, which at high tide are separated by a rocky headland. Dolwen is the western bay and the most popular for swimming and sunbathing. The other (Dyffryn) has a slipway and a substantial stream (Nant Howni) flowing along its eastern side. Both beaches are sandy with plenty of rock-pools. Eastwards from Aberporth, a few rocky coves can be reached from the coastal path.
A small car park is just above the beach and further car parking is available in the village. Facilities include toilets, cafes and pubs. Lifeguards patrol in summer and a dog ban operates on Dolwen beach from 1st May to 30th September.
Surf conditions are best around low to mid tide with south-west winds and a big swell. Being sheltered it's worth a try when other beaches are blown out and is generally suitable for beginners.