Pwllheli has two beaches - South Beach and Glan y Don. South Beach is the main one, and is medium sand at the top backed by dunes with a promenade behind. Lower down the beach is mostly small pebbles. To the east is the dolerite outcrop of Gimlet Rock. Wooden walkways connect the beach to the Promenade to help protect the dunes, which are home to species such as sea holly, sea rocket, sea spurge, chicory, rest-harrow and tree mallows. A dog ban operates on the section of beach between Cardiff Road and Embankment Road from 1st April to 30th September. Parking is in bays all along the promenade and is free. Nearby are toilets with disabled facilities and a beach shop which sells ice creams. Pwllheli rail and bus stations are about ½ mile away along Embankment Road.
Pwllheli town has a good selection of shops, cafes, pubs, supermarkets and a leisure centre. The name Pwllheli translates as 'Salt water pool'.