Wales is often overlooked as a seaside holiday destination, despite the fact that the country boasts over 30 stunning Blue Flag beaches. Whether you want to surf the waves, clamber over rocks or simply sit back and sunbathe, there’s a Welsh beach to suit everybody. Here’s our pick of the best beaches the country has to offer. Why not take a chance on Wales and spend a day or two at these beautiful beaches?
1. Newgale, Pembrokeshire
Best for… surfing and camping
Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire is a sandy shore that stretches almost 2 miles along. This beautiful beach has won a Blue Flag and a Seaside Resort Award this year, and it’s not hard to see why. From crashing white waves to towering rock faces, this beach has something for everyone. Seasoned surfers can head over to the surf shop to hire a board and a wetsuit and beginners can book a place on one of the surfing lessons. Budget travellers can spend a night or two in the campsite opposite the beach, which charges just £5 per person per night.
2. North Beach, Tenby
Best for… a seaside ice-cream
Tenby is a gorgeous seaside town in South Wales. Sitting directly below a bunch of cafes and shops, North Beach is truly a hidden gem in the heart of the town. Wander past the harbour and enjoy stunning views over Carmarthen Bay as you stroll down to the beach. Enclosed by rocky outcrops, North Beach is ideal for sunbathing and kicking back in the summer months. A lifeguard patrols the beach from the end of June to the end of September, so it’s quite safe for kids to have a splash around in the waves. After a long day of shopping, sit back and enjoy an ice-cream on this lovely Welsh beach.
3. Mwnt Beach, Cardigan Bay
Best for… dolphin watching
Owned by The National Trust, Mwnt Beach is a haven for nature lovers. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the hilltop overlooking the beach, or join the Ceredigion Coastal Path which passes close by. Cardigan Bay is home to one of only two groups of Bottlenose Dolphins in the UK, so why not take a boat trip and see if you can spot the gentle sea creatures? A Bay to Remember offers 1 – 1.5 hour dolphin watching tours for a pretty reasonable £25. If you’re not much of a wildlife fan, Mwnt Beach is also a great place to take a secluded swim away from the tourist crowds. Please be aware that there is no lifeguard service operating at this beach, so avoid entering the water unless you are a confident swimmer.
4. Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire
Best for… a spot of sunbathing
At low tide, head down to the shore to enjoy a spot of sunbathing or indulge in a game of rounders with friends. At high tide, stand at the edge of the outlook point and watch the waves crash against the wall as the wind whips through your hair. Broad Haven is a lovely little village with lots of local amenities including three pubs, a restaurant and tea rooms, a café and a few shops that sell and hire water sports gear.
10. Whitesands, near St. Davids
Best for… surfing and boat trips
Whitesands in St. Davids is widely considered to be one of the best surfing beaches in Wales. Seasoned sporting fanatics from all over Britain flock to this beach during the summer months to ride the waves and hone their surfing skills. Whitesands has shunned the usual tourist traps and offers nothing but a wide expanse of white sand and wild rocky hilltops. If you’re not that keen on surfing, you can always take a boat trip around the beautiful Ramsey Island. There is ample parking space but it can get a bit crowded in summer, so try leaving the car at home and taking the Celtic Coaster shuttle bus from The Grove car park in St. Davids. If you have some time to kill, have a wander around the city of St. Davids; there are lots of little cafes, pubs and restaurants which are well worth a look!
Becky is an aspiring writer and passionate traveller hailing from Wales. She is part of the travelling team at Enjoybedandbreakfast, a travel website that specialises in wonderful and unique bed and breakfasts from England and across the world.