Whitesands Beach (aka Porth Mawr)

Whitesands beach is one of the most popular sandy beaches in Pembrokeshire, this west-facing beach has rocky outcrops at either end, with the northern area being popular for those looking for surf whilst the southern end is quieter and has some sheltered bays.

The tide can reduce the beach and can cut you off so check out the tide times below when planning a visit.

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.

The beach does have a car park that can get very busy in the summer and an alternative could be to park at St Davids Head and then walk down. Other facilities include toilets, a cafe and seasonal lifeguards.

Good coast path walks from Whitesands Beach especially up to St Davids Head.

Whitesands Beach is a Blue Flag Beach
Whitesands Beach is a Blue Flag Beach.
Whitesands Beach has dog restrictions.
Whitesands beach has a dog ban from 1st May to 30th September.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 7 beaches at St Davids, 54 beaches in Pembrokeshire, or check our list of Pembrokeshire Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Whitesands Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 5.7℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (NE)
Friday, Dec 09clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 4.4℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (ENE)
Saturday, Dec 10fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 6.4℃ to 7℃ with wind speed 6.2 m/sec (WNW)
Sunday, Dec 11fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.2℃ to 6.3℃ with wind speed 5.7 m/sec (NW)
Monday, Dec 12clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 2℃ to 2.7℃ with wind speed 4.8 m/sec (ESE)
Tuesday, Dec 13cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.3℃ to 4.6℃ with wind speed 11.9 m/sec (ESE)
Wednesday, Dec 14cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.1℃ to 3.5℃ with wind speed 9.3 m/sec (E)

St Davids weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Whitesands Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Whitesands Beach is at Ramsey Sound 1.76 km (1.09 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 08 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:29 (Height 1.28m)
   High Tide at 06:32 (Height 4.89m)
   Low Tide at 12:51 (Height 1.31m)
   High Tide at 18:52 (Height 4.85m)
Fri 09 Dec
   Low Tide at 01:04 (Height 1.30m)
   High Tide at 07:08 (Height 4.89m)
   Low Tide at 13:26 (Height 1.34m)
   High Tide at 19:28 (Height 4.80m)
Sat 10 Dec
   Low Tide at 01:38 (Height 1.36m)
   High Tide at 07:42 (Height 4.86m)
   Low Tide at 14:00 (Height 1.42m)
   High Tide at 20:02 (Height 4.72m)
Sun 11 Dec
   Low Tide at 02:11 (Height 1.46m)
   High Tide at 08:16 (Height 4.78m)
   Low Tide at 14:34 (Height 1.54m)
   High Tide at 20:36 (Height 4.60m)
Mon 12 Dec
   Low Tide at 02:43 (Height 1.60m)
   High Tide at 08:50 (Height 4.67m)
   Low Tide at 15:08 (Height 1.68m)
   High Tide at 21:11 (Height 4.45m)
Tue 13 Dec
   Low Tide at 03:17 (Height 1.77m)
   High Tide at 09:25 (Height 4.53m)
   Low Tide at 15:44 (Height 1.85m)
   High Tide at 21:49 (Height 4.29m)
Wed 14 Dec
   Low Tide at 03:54 (Height 1.95m)
   High Tide at 10:05 (Height 4.38m)
   Low Tide at 16:26 (Height 2.02m)
   High Tide at 22:31 (Height 4.12m)

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