Find The Nearest Beach Pembrokeshire
Planning a trip to Pembrokeshire and looking for the nearest beaches. Pembrokeshire has a spectacular coastline and much being within the Pembrokeshire National Park with access from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path that hugs along the sea for 299 km (186 miles). The coast is a beautiful mix of wild cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open sandy beaches and wildlife-filled estuaries.
- Manorbier Bay beach is a small sandy beach with sand dunes and rock pools, great for families and is popular with surfers, body boarding and walkers stopping off from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The beach can get very busy on hot days as it is one of the most popular in the area. Manorbier Castle overlooks the bay and on the other side of the valley the 12th century St. James church. Whilst on the eastern headland stands a prehistoric burial chamber known as Kings Quoit. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets with disabled access, cafe just up the road from the beach and the village has a shop and pub.
- Caerfai Bay beach is a sandy beach with a high water pebble bank. At high tide you don’t get much beach but as the tide goes out the beach becomes much larger and wider and the waters are shallow. The beach faces south west into the Atlantic Ocean and is backed by purple sandstone cliffs, this sandstone was quarried for the construction of St.Davids Cathedral. The beach has a car park and a number of campsites.
- Abereiddy Bay is a sand/shingle beach, however, at low tide you have fine, dark sand. The beach is popular for boating, surfing, canoeing and is a good spot for fossil hunting. You also have the lagoon which is a favourite for adventure groups, especially with coasteerers and divers. Abereiddy lies within Castell Coch Cliffs and Llanfryn Quarries Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Trwyncastell Cliffs and the Blue Lagoon SSSI and is on the northern coast of St Davids Peninsula. This is a good starting point for a coastal walk with magnificent cliff scenery. Facilities include a car park, toilets and ice-cream van during the summer.
- Little Haven beach is a small cove at high tide but at low tide you can walk round to the bigger Broad Haven Bay. Little Haven itself is an old fishing village which still offers buckets of charm and character. Facilities include a cafe and selection of pubs with parking a short walk back from the beach.
- West Angle Bay is a sandy beach with rock pools at low tide, the beach lies within West Angle Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). A few interesting facts:The chimney is what remains of the old brick works which were shipped out from the beach. The cannon in the car park weighs 18 tonnes and was removed from the sea below Chapel Bay Fort, part of the Victorian fortifications built in the area. Thorn Island was built in 1842, the first of the Victorian fortifications to be built in the area. Boat trips can be arranged. Facilities include car parking, toilets, café, picnic area and you have a steep narrow ramp to beach (not suitable for boat launching).
- Broad Haven beach is sand with views across St. Brides Bay and is popular with families. At high tide you have a narrow strip of sandy and pebble beach but as the tide goes out you get a large expanse of sand. If the tide is out you can walk round the southern headland to Little Haven beach but you will need to keep an eye on the tide. At the north end of Broad Haven beach you have a number of interesting geological features including stacks and natural arches. Facilities include car parking, toilets, slipway, summer lifeguards, pubs, a restaurant, tea rooms, cafe, take away and shops that sell and hire out watersports kit.
- Whitesands beach is one of the most popular sandy beaches in Pembrokeshire, and this west facing beach is also known as Porth Mawr. In the summer it can get quite crowded on both the beach and in the water. To help swimming and surfing areas marked by lifeguard flags during the season. Good coast path walks from car park.
- Llyfn beach is a west facing sandy beach backed by impressive cliffs. This can be a dangerous beach for swimming due to strong currents and undertow. Very steep open tread metal steps access to beach from cliff top. A few parking options exist at either Porthgain and walk, Abereiddy and walk or at Barry Island Farm (permission of farmer, charge for parking) down private road and dirt track.
- Porthmelgan beach is a remote beach on St David’s Head overlooking Ramsay island. At high tide the beach is pebbles but sand becomes visible as the tide goes out. The beach is sheltered by rocky cliffs and a large stream cuts across the beach. Porthmelgan beach is a popular choice rather than the busier Whitesands Bay beach with access being a short 10 minute walk along the coast path from Whitesands Bay. Nearest facilities are at Whitesands Bay where you have parking, toilets and cafe.
- Poppit Sands beach is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes. Located on the west side of the Teifi Estuary this beach massively grows in size as the tide goes out. You need to be careful of the strong currents by the river entrance. Facilities include car parking, cafe, toilets and seasonal lifeguards.