Borth-y-Gest is a small harbour overlooking the Afon Glaslyn on the northern side of Tremadog Bay. The beach is sandy at the top becoming muddier lower down. Other beaches, indicated by signs in the car park, are just a short walk away to the south-west. These are sheltered coves of sand which shelve steeply near the river indicating fast currents, so swimming is not advisable. The cliffs at the back of these are mostly slates and much indented, with plenty of nooks and crannies providing shelter for sunbathing. Dogs are allowed at all times on the beaches. Facilities at the village include a free car park, roadside parking and toilets. A recommended place to eat (which also does breakfasts) is the Sea View tearooms (01766 515931) which has outdoor seating with views across the harbour.
The town of Pothmadog is a short walk away along the coastal path, and has a wide range of shops, cafes, banks, a Tourist Information Centre and stations for the Cambrian Coast Line (BR), the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway.