Rest Bay Porthcawl

South Glamorgan

Rest Bay Porthcawl
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales

A firm golden sandy beach backed by low cliffs and The Royal Porthcawl Golf Course. It faces south west and receives the full force of the Atlantic swells, which produces excellent surf.


This beach and surrounding area is used for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, fishing and golf. There is zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

Rest Bay and its neighbours are situated adjacent to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. There is a cycle route from Porthcawl and common land next to the beach for walks. There are excellent rock pools on the beach. Kenfig National Nature Reserve is near the beach.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by Natural Resources Wales, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Facilities at Rest Bay Porthcawl

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a car park next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th:

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 27th May - 3rd September 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.