Colwyn Bay usually attains the prestigious Blue Flag Award, and is one of North Wales's main coastal resorts. Its long, crescent-shaped sandy beach is backed by a sea wall and promenade - the promenade in some places being almost level with the sand. It's a good beach for sea-shells. Access to the shore is down steps or a slipway. Roadside P&D parking in bays is available along most of the Promenade. The old Victoria pier, which once stood at the centre of the beach has now been demolished. Facilities along the promenade include refreshment kiosks, a bouldering wall and toilets ♿. Towards the eastern end of the beach is the Porth Eirias Watersports Centre which offers sailing and windsurfing tuition as well as kayak hire. The main town centre is a 2 - 3 minute walk away, and has a mainline rail station, shopping centre, cafes, banks and pubs.
Dog restrictions apply between the site of the old pier and the entrance to Eirias Park from 1st May to 30th September.
Old Colwyn is at the eastern end of the bay, and is mostly underwater from mid to high tide. Free roadside parking is available, and access is down steps from the promenade. There are no lifeguards at Colwyn Bay.