The county of Ceredigion stretches from Cardigan to the Dovey estuary, north of Aberystwyth. Popular, lifeguarded sandy beaches with plenty of facilities are New Quay, Aberystwyth and Borth. For quieter sandy beaches, try Traeth Gwyn or Ynyslas (Dovey estuary). Quiet secluded coves can be found at Traeth Bach, Cwm Silio and Traeth y Coubal. Good surfing beaches are Llangrannog, Aberystwyth South and Borth.
North of the Dovey is the county of Gwynedd, which extends right up to Anglesey. The west-facing coast is mostly sandy and backed by dunes and good for surfing, but there are no beach lifeguards in this county.