Colwyn Bay is one of North Wales' main coastal resorts and has a long sandy beach backed by a sea wall and promenade. Access to the shore is down steps or a slipway. Free roadside parking in bays is available along most of the Promenade. At the centre of the beach is the old Victoria pier, which is now a dangerous structure and is fenced off. Facilities along the Promenade include refreshment kiosks and toilets. Towards the eastern end of the beach is the Porth Eirias Watersports Centre which offers sailing and windsurfing tuition as well as kayak hire. The main town centre is a 2 - 3 minute walk away, and has a mainline rail station, shopping centre, cafes, banks and pubs.
A dog ban operates between the pier and the entrance to Eirias Park from 1st May to 30th September. There are no lifeguards here.
Rhos-on-Sea (Llandrillo yn Rhos in welsh) is at the western side of the bay, and has a small harbour, a tourist information centre, toilets and a small shopping area with cafes and bars. The beach here consists of coarse sand and millions of mussel shells. Dog restrictions apply from May to September inclusive.