The pleasant picture i my minds eye, came crashing down around my ears as reality sank in rather fast.
The place has the run down air of one of those western ghost towns all faded paint and rubbish.
If you have the urge to visit Porthcawl resist it for gods sake resist it.
Picture a disgusting rubbish strewn beach, stalls selling tat also covered in rubbish, chip rappers, drink containers and god knows what else.
The fun fair has the look and feel of something condemned to death and waiting for the demolition men, everything needs a coat of paint and some serious TLC.
So when you hear as we did, that tourism in Porthcawl is dropping ask your local councilor what the bloody hell they are doing to leave the place in such a state.
This rubbish “excuse the pun” from the Bridgend.gov web site
Basking in the summer sunshine on the ‘Golden Coast’ is Porthcawl boasting some of the cleanest beaches in South Wales. Rest Bay has been awarded the coveted European Blue Flag plus a Tidy Britain Seaside Award and is a surfer’s paradise. Not too far away are numerous golf clubs.
The reality is far removed from the fantasy I’m sorry to say