The village of Harlech is better known for its heavily fortified medieval castle, than its beach, which is a 4 mile long sweep of sand, backed by dunes and a golf course. The dunes at the northern end are part of the Morfa Harlech National Nature Reserve, and a good place for bird-watching. Bathing is generally safe on most of the beach, but strong currents can occur towards the north where the Afon Glaslyn enters the sea. Parking is at a P&D car park, which can be reached by turning into Ffordd Glan Mor just north of the level crossing on the A496. Beach access is thence a walk of about 400 yards along a tarmac path which leads most of the way across the dunes. The car park has (seasonal) toilets, cycle parking and usually refreshment vans in summer. Harlech's rail station and swimming pool are both about ½ mile away.
Dog restrictions apply north of the main access point for a distance of about 500 yards, from April 1st until September 30th.