Colwyn Bay usually attains the prestigious Blue Flag Award, and is one of North Wales's main coastal resorts. Its long, crescent-shaped sandy beach is backed by a sea wall and promenade - the promenade in some places being level with the sand. Access to the shore is down steps or a slipway. Roadside P&D parking in bays is available along most of the Promenade. The old Victoria pier, which once stood at the centre of the beach has now been demolished. 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.
Dog restrictions apply between the site of the old pier and the entrance to Eirias Park from 1st May to 30th September. There are no lifeguards here.
Rhos-on-Sea 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.