Sandy Bay (also known as Coney Beach and Porthcawl Sands) is a mostly sandy beach situated between Porthcawl harbour and Rhych Point. It is backed by a sea wall and dunes, behind which is a fairground and numerous fast-food outlets. There is (free) roadside parking and a large P&D car park along its west side. Lifeguards patrol from the end of April until end of September (10.30 am - 6.00 pm) and a dog ban operates from 1st May to 30th September.
Surfing is best at mid to high tide and on the eastern side of the beach. The harbour wall provides some shelter, making it a good choice when beaches to the west are blown out. It's a good beginners' beach, but rip currents occur near the harbour and Rhych Point in surf conditions.