Morfa Bychan, also known as Black Rock Sands, is THE BEST BEACH EVER!!! Nestled along the stunning coastline of North Wales, this unique beach is unlike another and offers a perfect blend of sun, sand, and serenity, along with lovely views of the mountains and countryside of Snowdonia National Park.
Imagine the joy of taking your car directly onto the beach and parking it right beside you. Well, at Black Rock Sands, this dream becomes a reality! No more lugging heavy gear or struggling to find a parking spot. This drive-on beach offers unparalleled convenience, making your beach day a breeze. The car park fee of £8 for the day (or £4 after 4 pm) is a small price to pay for the comfort it brings in my opinion. As we moved away from the main car entrance, we found more secluded spots. There was plenty of room to park our vehicle and judging from the variety of cars I saw, you can drive comfortably on the sand no matter what type you have.
One important tip – be mindful of the tide times! As much as we loved the convenience of the drive-on beach, it’s essential to keep an eye on the tide to avoid any surprises. You wouldn’t want your relaxing day to be interrupted by the sea encroaching on your parked car. The tide times were written on the boards at entrance. Please plan carefully
The beach has its vast expanse of soft, golden sand stretching for miles but it is also a geological Marvel. The name “Black Rock Sands” finds its origins in the intriguing geological formations that emerge during low tide. Large, dark rock outcrops pepper the beach, creating a striking contrast against the golden sand. These rocks are believed to be remnants of ancient volcanic activity, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the already captivating landscape. There are caves to explore and the surrounding rockpools are home to a variety of marine life hidden among the seaweed and barnacle-covered rocks. We found a HUGE JELLY FISH, shrimps, lots of crabs, mussels and sea shells.
It is handy that the beach is split into a dog friendly and not dog friendly zone. I don’t mind dogs but it is nice that there’s space for people who don’t want to be around dogs. Morfa Bychan also offers an array of water sports opportunities. There were people windsurfing, and kayaking. We sufficed with kite flying 🙂
After some time, we decided to have our picnic on the cozy mat right next to our car. It was the ideal spot to enjoy our meal while still feeling the gentle ocean breeze and the soothing sound of the waves. Rejuvenated, we headed back into the sea for more fun and laughter.
As our day drew to a close, Morfa Bychan treated us to a mesmerizing sunset. The vast sky transforming into a canvas of hues, with the sun’s warm glow reflecting on the sea, sand, and rocks. Ahhh, the blissful tranquility of that moment – take me back to Morfa Bychan!
Use the post code LL49 9YB. There are a number of holiday parks in the area surrounding the beach. Go past the sign to Black Rock Sands Camping and Touring Park (do not turn LEFT on the beach road as there is no parking and the beach is not accessible from here). Keep driving on the main road until the end where you will see the entrance to the beach.
There are no toilets or refreshment on the beach itself, apart from an ice cream van. Take a picnic with you or go to the village of Morfa Bychan, where there are shops and a few places to eat. There are more facilities in the town of Porthmadog, about 2 miles from the beach. Port Merion is about 10 minutes drive away and is worth a visit too.
If you’re looking for a stress-free beach experience that starts the moment you arrive, Black Rock Sands is the place to be. Whether you long to bask in the sun and feel the soft sand between your toes, venture into intriguing caves and explore rockpools teeming with marine life or engage in thrilling water sports, this hidden gem in North Wales has it all. Take my advice: Stay until the sunset and create memories to last a lifetime.
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