Porthcawl Town Beach (also known as Seafront Beach) lies just west of the harbour, and is mostly rocky with some small patches of sand, and backed by the promenade. A section of the upper beach has been tarmaced to prevent erosion. Swimming is dangerous due to currents and is prohibited, and access is down steps or a slipway. Dog restrictions apply from May to September inclusive. Nearby facilities include toilets and plenty of cafes and take-aways.
Known locallly as 'The Pipe Beach', Hutchwns Beach is the next beach west, before Hutchwns Point. It's a similar beach of limestone rocks and low-tide sand, with some patches of sand near ther sea wall / promenade.