One of the biggest draws of a break to North Wales is our diverse coastline. From bustling, golden sands to areas of significant interest to nature lovers, we've got beaches to suit all tastes.
COVID-19 has been a stressful, uncertain time and in our latest blog we're sharing our favourite quiet beaches within an hour's drive of the hotel. On them you can relax, enjoy peace and quiet and comfortably maintain social distancing measures.
1. BLACK ROCK SANDS - PORTHMADOG (47 MINUTES VIA A487)
Don't read anything into its somewhat sinister name, this lovely beach has golden sands and stunning views! This large beach at Morfa Bychan is two miles long and the perfect pit-stop between the busy seaside resorts of Criccieth and Porthmadog.
A real draw here is being able to drive your car onto the beach and park it on the sand; not only will your beach gear be close to hand but there'll be no trips to and from the car for the picnic basket! The hard sand makes this a naturally accessible beach, allowing wheelchair users and mobility scooters to safely explore the shoreline and take part in the fun without fear of sinking wheels.
Futhermore, the sea is very shallow with a slowly deepening gradient, making it perfect for paddling too!
2. WEST SHORE - LLANDUDNO (58 MINUTES VIA A55)
Many of our regular visitors are familiar with Llandudno, having holidayed there as children. With its postcard-perfect seaside activities, including Punch & Judy, the pier and amusement arcades, it draws visitors in their thousands every year and has been particularly busy with staycationers this year.
However, if you're looking to avoid the bustle, nearby West Shore beach is a great choice, being the quieter of Llandudno's two beaches.
With gently shelving sands and gorgeous views of the Snowdonia mountain range, this beach also has a promenade, modern play area and outdoor gym. There is also a pretty boating lake populated by ducks and often a few swans too.
3. NEWBOROUGH BEACH - ANGLESEY (44 MINUTES VIA A4080)
Newborough is renowned as a family-friendly beach and a romantic place of reflection. A secluded spot, this Blue Flag beach is perfect should the weather turn as it's sheltered and there are several coves and dunes for a little exploring.
If you're looking to make a day of it, nearby Newborough Forest has a network of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Bear in mind that part of Newborough’s charm is its isolation - there are very few amenities nearby. Take a picnic and anything you need to entertain yourselves if you’re planning to spend the day here.
4. DINAS DINLLE - CAERNARFON (24 MINUTES VIA A4086)
Another proud Blue Flag flier, Dinas Dinlle beach lies on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula. We think this is the ultimate family-friendly beach because it's so accessible and has plenty of amenities on hand.
Nature and history lovers will also enjoy visiting Dinas Dinlle; the beach is well-known for a variety of birdlife and is also the site of an important Iron Age hillfort.
The Instagrammers among you will appreciate the panoramic views across the Llŷn Peninsula to Anglesey’s romantic Llanddwyn Island.
The beach itself is made up of pebbles that give way to soft, golden sand making it a great choice for a spot of sandcastle building and decorating. Turn up, pitch up and enjoy the peace!
5. CONWY MORFA - CONWY (31 MINUTES VIA A55)
Conwy Morfa is situated on a large bay at the mouth of the Conwy Estuary. At low tide it transforms into an expansive, sandy beach which attracts dog walkers, horseriders and tourists. Just a short drive from the picturesque town of Conwy, it’s usually quiet and boasts great views towards Llandudno.
The waters may look tempting but strong currents combined with a deeply shelving shoreline make it a dangerous proposition. Combine a visit to Conwy Morfa with a trip to medieval Conwy town for the perfect Welsh day out.