Rest Bay Spot ID
Type: beach and point
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE
Sea Temperature Today is: 10.3 °C
Rest Bay in Glamorgan is a quite exposed beach and point break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's often crowded here. Take care of rips,crowds,rocks and pollution.
Overall Rest Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April
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Visitor Reviews of Rest Bay
“Rest Bay is a scenic spot with quite consistent surf, certainly for the region anyway. The waves are usually a bit bigger than the breaks further east in the Vale of Glamorgan (apart from one or two secret spots). The beach is the best break for all abilities in a town of 14,000 population so there tends to be a crowd whenever there is a wave. For a quiet surf go when most are in work or school if you can. The vibe is friendly even if it is busy but at high tide there is little beach left and exit points are few so there is more pressure on the take off spots.
The waves can be very good here but are far from world class. It gets well over head on occasion maxing at about 1.5x but that is quite rare when it is offshore as well. You'll be surprised how thin the crowd is when that happens. There are lefts and rights here in equal quantity and the waves generally pick up in size as the tide comes in. All the breaks from Rest Bay to the Vale of Glamorgan are significantly influenced by the huge tidal range and falling tides tend to dampen surf and even kill it in some instances. Definitely watch out for the rip that takes you around the rocky headland to the left of the beach on an incoming tide particularly.
Being a seaside town there are lots of pubs and cafes around with a friendly one at the car park. Watch out for redneck council workers checking for Pay and Display tickets even in the depths of winter.”
Q, VoG from UNITED KINGDOM - 07 Mar 2010
- The closest passenger airport to Rest Bay is Cardiff Airport (CWL) in Wales, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly).
- The second nearest airport to Rest Bay is Swansea Airport (SWS), also in Wales, 28 km (17 miles) away.
- Third is Bristol Airport (BRS) in England, 70 km (43 miles) away.
- Bristol Filton Airport (FZO) in England is 78 km (48 miles) away.
- Exeter Airport (EXT), also in England is the fifth nearest airport to Rest Bay and is 86 km (53 miles) away.
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