Swansea Bay extends 4 miles from the River Tawe to Oystermouth. The beach is mostly sand on the upper part of the beach, becoming muddier lower down. At low tide you are unlikely to reach the sea without sinking ankle deep. The sand extends along the bay as far as Oystermouth, beyond which the shore becomes stony. A cycle path / promenade and the Mumbles Road run behind the beach for its entire length. The area between Blackpill and St Helens is backed by small dunes. This is probably the best part for sunbathing and also one of the best locations in Wales for shell collecting.
Dog restrictions apply from the River Tawe to the Guildhall, and from the access point at Sketty Lane to the northern edge of the slip opposite the West Cross Inn. Lifeguards patrol during the school summer holidays from 10am until 6pm on the St Helens section of the beach.
There are several P&D car parks along the Mumbles Road, notably at Sketty Lane junction, Black Pill (north side of road) and Oystermouth. Black Pill has good facilities including a restaurant, toilets, children's paddling pool and play area. At Oystermouth there is a wide range of shops together with the impressive Oystermouth Castle. Sketty Lane has a pub/restaurant at nearby Singleton park and the 50 metre Wales National Pool a short walk away.