Barry Island (Whitmore Bay) is a very popular family beach situated between Nell's Point to the east and Friars Point to the west. The beach is mostly fine sand, backed by a sea wall and promenade, and can get very busy especially at high tide when there is not so much space available. The sea water is usually a slightly muddy colour. There are plenty of facilities including toilets, showers, drinking water, cafes and take-aways, beach shops, a seasonal Tourist Information centre, First Aid post and a fairground. Barry Island railway station is a 5 minute walk away. Lifeguards patrol weekends from Easter, and every day from early May until early September, and a dog ban operates from 1st May to 30th September. There are fast currents offshore, but swimming within the bay is generally safe.
There is roadside parking as well as a large P&D car park.