Llanfairfechan is a small village on the North Wales coast about 6½ miles east of Bangor. A large (free) car park is situated behind the beach, reached by turning onto Station Road at the traffic lights in the centre of the village. The beach is mostly sand with some shingle (mostly purple slates, grits and shales) and backed by a sea wall and promenade. West of the car park the Afon Ddu emerges onto the beach, and beyond this the shore becomes sandier. To the west are the vast Lavan Sands, which are indented with deep channels and are particularly dangerous on an incoming tide.
Facilities include toilets (coin-operated in the car park and free ones about 200 yards back up the road), drinking water, a railway station (about 200 yards from beach), cafe, tennis courts, cycle parking and a children's paddling pool. A dog ban operates between the two slipways from May to September inclusive. Signs warn of deep mud lower down the beach. The beach looks out towards Puffin Island to the north and the Great Orme to the north-east. The photo (above) was taken at mid-tide.