Seapoint is a traditional swimming spot used by generations of Dubliners over many decades. Just 12 or so kilometres from the city centre it is easily accessible by car, bus and DART.
This is a swimming place which has been much improved in recent years, certainly in terms of overall cleanliness. The water quality has been more mixed and the Blue Flag was lost a few years ago.
Like other swimming spots around the city Seapoint has its hardcore of year round regulars who swim in all weathers. The number of women who can be seen calmly swimming through the icy February waters would put many to shame.
If you are someone who wants a quick dip then you need to watch the tides when you come here. When the tide is low you will end up walking for ages to get into some proper swimming water. And when the tide is full there is no sand to walk on or real space for kids to play. So you make your choices.
It can get very busy during the fine weather and space is limited, so best to get here early on a sunny day.
This is also a good place to walk after a swim when you can head for a nice 30 minute stroll to Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier.
Lifeguards are on duty during the summer. Seapoint is a well maintained facility and a credit to Dun laoghaire /Rathdown Council. There are reasonably good toilets but the outdoor shower is in need of repair, so maybe the council will take note. The parking down at Seapoint is poor and you are better to park on the nearby roads and walk down.
Seapoint is accessible with a bit of an effort.
Blue Flag beach
The best way to get here from Dublin city is by DART, getting off at the Salthill and Monkstown station. The area is also served by Dublin bus, check out www.dublinbus.ie