Rhyl has a sandy beach which can be up to ½ mile wide on a low tide. It is backed by a sea wall and promenade, and facilities include plenty of cafes, a skate park, pitch & putt, children's paddling pool, toilets, Tourist Information Centre, a railway station (approximately 700 yards from the beach), a Seaquarium and a town centre with a good range of shops and stores. Lifeguards patrol on the central beach from the end of May until the end of August (10.00 - 18.00), during weekends and school holidays. Bathing is generally safe on the main beach, but can be dangerous towards the west where the River Clwyd creates fast currents. Sandbanks can also be a problem for the unwary. Rhyl East beach has a zone for windsurfing and kayaking. A dog ban applies to all the beaches from the 1st May until 30th September.