Porthcawl has fishing from a pier, seven beaches and five rock marks.
The Pier, also known as the Breakwater, has a lighthouse. The bottom is clean sand apart from a patch of rocks near the harbour entrance.
Newton Beach to the east of Porthcawl is a long sandy and rocky beach which runs from the estuary of the River Ogmore round to meet Trecco Bay. It fishes onto a mixed rocky and sandy bottom.
Trecco Bay is a large, sandy and rocky beach, situated in front of Trecco Bay holiday park. It has a mainly sandy bottom.
Sandy Bay, also known as Coney Beach, is in front of the fairground (known as Coney Beach) and is large, sheltered and sandy. It fishes onto a mainly sandy bottom.
Town Beach, is a small, mainly rocky beach in the centre of Porthcawl with a largely rocky bottom with occasional patches of sand.
Rest Bay is a rocky and sandy beach situated in the west of Porthcawl, fishing onto a mixed rocky and sandy bottom..
Pink Bay is a quiet beach, a few minutes walk from Rest Bay which has a steep pebble bank down onto a flat beach edged by a pink marbled rocky shoreline. Fishing is onto a mixed rocky and sandy bed.
Sker Beach is the most westerly beach in Porthcawl and is accessible only by walking from Rest Bay or from Kenfig Nature Reserve. Fishing is onto a mixed rocky and sandy bottom.
Newton Point is at the easterly end of Trecco Bay, with fishing onto a mainly sandy bed.
Rhych Point is between Sandy Bay and Trecco Bay with fishing onto a mixed sand and rock bottom.
Porthcawl Point is just to the west of the pier and fishes onto a mainly sandy bottom.
Hutchwns Point is between Rest Bay and Town Beach with fishing onto a mixed sand and rock bottom.
Sker Point is at the far end of Sker Beach, with fishing onto a mixed sand and rock bed.
Fish caught in the Porthcawl area include gurnard, bass, rays, pollack, mullet, conger, mackerel.
For the Pier, travel south on the A4106 in Porthcawl and go straight on across a roundabout. Carry on along the promenade past the harbour. There is some parking near the lifeboat station, past which the Pier is accessed. Otherwise there is plenty of roadside parking.
Newton Beach is reached by following the “Newton” signs off the A4106 at the first roundabout east of Porthcawl. From this road, Bridgend Road, take the second left turn into Clevis Crescent. Go down this road until a crossroads by a church. Carry straight on here down Beach Road, which leads to the western end of the beach. Parking is available.
Trecco Bay is signposted off the A4106 east of Porthcawl. Parking is available.
Sandy Bay is reached by goingl south on the A4106 in Porthcawl, turning left at the roundabout, then first right into Eastern Promenade. This runs alongside the beach with roadside parking.
For Town Beach, proceed as for the Pier, but instead of parking near the lifeboat station carry on up the Esplanade until you are by the beach. Roadside parking is available.
Rest Bay is as for the Pier, but instead of parking near the lifeboat station carry on up the Esplanade, which changes names several times. Rest Bay is well signposted off this road. Parking is available.
Pink Beach is accessed by walking westwards from Rest Bay.
Sker Beach is reached by walking westwards from Rest Bay or eastwards from Kenfig National Nature Reserve.
For Newton Point, proceed as for Newton Beach. The rocks are close to the car parking.
Rhych Point is accessed in the same way as Trecco Bay.
Porthcawl Point is reached in the same way as the Pier, followed by a short walk.
Hutchwns Point access is as for the Pier, but instead of parking near the lifeboat station carry on up the Esplanade. Roadside parking is available by the Point.
Sker Point is reached by walking westwards from Rest Bay or eastwards from Kenfig National Nature Reserve.
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