Aberavon Sands is a wide beach within easy reach of the M4 motorway. The sand extends 2½ miles from Witford Point at the north-eastern end to Port Talbot docks. The beach is mostly sand, with some patches of mud at low tide, and backed by a concrete sea wall, promenade and cycle path. Access is down steps or a slipway. It's generally safe for swimming, but the sea-water is rarely clear. Lifeguards patrol on Aberavon beach from mid-May to early September (10.00 to 18.00 daily). Dog restrictions apply from May to September inclusive on the southern section of the beach which is backed by the sea wall. At the northern end the sea wall and promenade give way to sand dunes. This end is known as Baglan Beach and dogs are allowed here. The shore continues westwards for about 1½ miles to the river Neath.
There is plenty of free roadside parking along the seafront in addition to several P&D car parks which also have cycle stands. Facilities include toilets, a cafe and children's paddling pool and play area.
Surf conditions are best between mid and high tide, with the extreme southern end near the harbour wall being the usual surfing zone. The harbour wall gives some protection against strong winds, but a rip current often occurs here. Beginners would be advised to surf away from this area.