Near Barry

Porthcawl

Merthyr Mawr

Ogmore-by-Sea

Southerndown

Monknash

Marcross

Llantwit Major

Penarth

Every year when I was a child, Barry Island was invaded by the miners and their families from the Rhondda valleys ( I was from a miners family).Read my Story Barry was an island a long time ago,but  it is now joined to the mainland by a causeway.
The beach is flanked by a wide promenade where children can play in safety away from the traffic.
There is good car parking,(just follow the signs), with disabled parking spaces available on the seafront, a nice sandy beach for the kids,candy floss ,fair, and amusement arcades for the rainy days.
If you dont like sand in your shoes, or in the sandwiches, take a walk along Friar's Point, a grassy headland, which is to the right of the beach where there are benches to sit and relax.
Also worth a visit is Coldknap (look out for the signs to the Knap) which is 1m West of Barry. This is a pebble beach with car parking, popular with older people like myself  who prefers to sit in the car with a flask and sandwiches and watch the world go by.
As it is on the flight path into Cardiff Wales airport you may be lucky and see the occasional plane landing.There are toilet facilities in the car park and a shop nearby.
Barry Island is easy to get to by car - just follow the tourist signs from Junction 33 of the M4 motorway    
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An aerial view of Barry Island showing car park. The fun fair can be seen in the centre of the photo
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