The Anglesey Best Beach Guide
Some of North Wales’s finest beaches can be found right here on the Isle of Anglesey. Where long stretches of golden sands and sheltered bays reach down to crystal clear waters.
Anglesey is the perfect destination for family beach holidays, surf breaks and relaxing getaways. With 125 miles of stunning coastline, visitors are spoilt for choice with the myriad of award-winning Anglesey beaches.
Which beaches to visit during your stay? Don’t worry everywhere on Anglesey is a maximum 90-minute journey, so you can visit all the best beaches on your bucket list.
At Anglesey Holidays Lettings we live and breathe the island. We are all locals and passionate about sharing our favourite places to visit and things to do during your stay on Anglesey.
We’ve put together a local’s guide to the best beaches on Anglesey. Which will be your favourite?
Rhosneigr (Traeth Crigyll) Beach
Dog-friendly, family-friendly, watersports, lifeguard service
Located to the west of the vibrant Rhosneigr village, Traeth Crigyll is a gorgeous stretch of golden sand which is perfect for family beach days and water sports enthusiasts.
Rhosneigr Beach is one of Anglesey’s best beach destinations for watersports with surfing, kitesurfing, canoeing, and windsurfing possible with the right conditions.
The dog-friendly beach is a short and easy walk from the village, so you can stock up on picnic goodies for the day or head over to a cafe or restaurant for a lunchtime bite to eat before heading back for an afternoon beach nap or swim.
Rhosneigr Beach is bookended by two rocky outcrops and as you walk away from town, the beach is backed by sand dunes which meet fields and countryside, giving a lovely rural feel.
The river (Afon Crigyll) flows down to the beach from Llanfaelog and becomes a stream where your children can paddle and play. There are also rock pools close to the village.
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Blue Flag Beach, family-friendly, disabled facilities, lifeguard service, parking, dog restrictions
The large seaside village of Benllech is located on the east coast of Anglesey and its beach (main photo above) is one of the most popular on the island and an absolute family favourite.
The delightful fine golden sand beach stretches down to clear Blue Flag waters which are particularly safe for young children to paddle and for bathing.
At low tide, the expanse of sand stretches for miles and there are plenty of rock pools for maritime adventures. Who can spot a crab or starfish?
Benllech is also popular for water sports with opportunities for windsurfing, paddle boarding, sea fishing and sailing around the coastline.
A pretty promenade backs the beach and The Anglesey Coastal Path runs through Benllech making this an ideal destination for beach and walking holidays.
The main beach does not allow dogs during the high season (May to September). At low tide, there is a section of beach that permits dogs all year round. There are disabled and pram facilities on the beach and roadside parking (paid).
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Aberffraw Bay (Traeth Mawr)
Dog-friendly, free parking, swimming/surfing
If you want to escape to a relatively quiet and unspoilt beach, then we recommend an excursion to Aberffraw Bay.
Situated on the southwest coast of Anglesey in a beautiful rural location and just a five-minute walk from Aberffraw Village (follow the pretty route along the river to the main beach), Aberffraw Bay (Traeth Mawr) is a golden stretch of sand backed by broad low sand dunes.
The dunes are designated a Special Area of Conservation and the beach has been awarded both The Marina Conservation Society Recommendation and the prestigious Green Coast Award.
At the northern end of the beach, the river Ffraw runs out to sea, which is a great spot for surfers, but do check for conditions before you head there.
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Llanddwyn Beach (Newborough Warren)
Blue Flag Beach, family-friendly, watersports, dog restrictions (pay £2 for the first 2 hours. 40p for every additional 20 minutes. £7 maximum charge per day).
Situated on Anglesey’s south coast, Blue Flag awarded Llanddwyn Beach enjoys one of the most picturesque locations on the island.
Backed by impressive sand dunes – one of the biggest expanses of sand dunes on the British Isles, mud flats and the Newborough National Reserve. The beach is a haven for birds and wildlife.
From Llanddwyn Beach you can enjoy exquisite views of Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon, and the Llyn Peninsula. Head away from the beach and you’ll encounter numerous footpaths through Newborough Forest – the largest area of forestry on Anglesey. popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and for horse riding.
The beach is family-friendly with shelving golden sands down to the shallow shore edge. It’s also a particular favourite for kite surfing due to its westerly aspect exposed to the Atlantic.
Along the beach there the narrow peninsula of Ynes Llanddwyn (a tidal Island) juts out to sea where the ruins of St Dwynwen’s church remain.
Family-friendly, dog-friendly, lifeguard service, parking,
One of Anglesey’s finest beaches, Trearddur Bay is located a couple of miles from Holyhead – Anglesey’s largest town and port.
Enjoying the sun all day long, the long golden sand beach gently shelves down to the sea and at low tide, it’s a fabulous beach for games and flat sand walking.
The sheltered conditions of the bay also make Trearddur ideal for watersports, such as bodyboarding, kayaking and dinghy sailing. If that all sounds like too much hard work, just enjoy a day’s sunbathing, paddling or sandcastle building.
The beach is very clean and backed by a long promenade, perfect for early morning and evening strolls whilst you soak up the beautiful coastal views. Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on a lead.
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Borthwen Beach (Rhoscolyn)
Family-friendly, dog-friendly, parking (paid)
Located on the southern shore of Holyhead Island, BorthWen Beach is a fabulous sandy crescent dotted with rock pools and backed by sand dunes.
It’s particularly popular with families, as the flat sandy beach slopes gently down to the clear waters which are protected by the surrounding headlands making it perfect for safe swimming and paddling.
There is a small car park at the beach, toilets, showers and dog bins.
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Lligwy Beach (Traeth Lligwy)
Family-friendly, dog-friendly, watersports, parking
Situated on the east coast of Anglesey, close to Moelfre fishing village is Lligwy Beach. This is a lovely untamed stretch of beach backed by low sands and limestone rocks and surrounded by the beautiful Anglesey countryside.
At low tide, the beach stretches out and makes the perfect pitch for ball games and activities.
Lligwy Beach is also a popular watersport destination with kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing. Look out for the dolphins and porpoises which play just off the shore.
The beach provides good facilities, such as toilets, parking and a shop, and Moelfre maritime village is just a four minute drive or two mile walk along the Anglesey Coastal Path where you can visit the Moelfre Seawatch Centre, the active Moelfre Lifeboat Station and where you can enjoy lunch in a cafe or scrummy fish and chips.