Marloes Sands beach, Dale, Pembrokeshire

The Many Beaches of Pembrokeshire

The Beaches in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire has some amazing beaches.  Divided into three distinct regions, Pembrokeshire beaches have something for everyone.

The North Coast Beaches

There are eighteen different beaches on the North coast and most are sandy with good facilities.  Each beach has a distinct usage eg:  surfing, sunbathing, beach combing, and the locals are quick to point out that you need to be specific about the type of beach you fancy that day so that they can guide you to the right spot!

Here are a few:

Newport Sands

Typically a family beach for all.  This beach is wide and sandy with dunes at the back and shallow water for kids to paddle.  It’s a really popular beach and there are a lot of watersports enjoyed here.  This beach was awarded the Seaside award (resort) 2012 and has lifeguards, and slipway.  Amentities are good with loos, cafe, accommodation and even a golf course that backs onto the beach!


Ideal for kayaks and boats due to it’s long narrow inlet which keeps it sheltered from the winds.  The facilities are basic and this beach has not won any awards and parking is limited.  Perfect for those who want to sail though!

Cwm yr Eglwys

This is a small, sandy cove which is great for beach explorers who like rock pools.  It’s a really sheltered beach with a high wall surrounding it at the top end.  There’s also a great pebbly cove on the other side of this main beach.  Perfect for kids and adults wanting to comb the beach for treasures to take home.

This little beach won a green coast award and rural seaside award in 2012!  There are good parking facilities in the village and a toilet and slipway.

South Coast Beaches

The South Coast boasts 19 beaches! We’ll run out of space if we write up all of them but here are a few for you to get the idea!


This is a long, sandy, wide beach with rockpools in the western end and groynes at the top.  Dogs are welcome but only after Summer season and parking is limited in the village so get there early!  There are lifeguards on duty and good facilities like toilets, shop, cafes, icecream vendors and pubs!

Coppet Hall

Great beach for the kids!  It’s sandy and it doesn’t disappear at high tide either!  An old tramway runs along the edge of the beach with tunnels to Wisemands Bridge and Saundersfoot.  It is a blue flag beach and has a private car park.  Toilets, icecreams and other bites to eat can be found on the shore line.


This beach is not for the faint hearted as it’s difficult to reach and you have to scramble down a steep and slippery coastal path!  But the benefit is that it’s not very crowded at all!  You need to watch out for razor shells and the tide!  No awards and the car park is a way off up the hill but it’s naturally beautiful and a great spot for reading and some peace and quiet!

West Coast and Haven

Marloes Sands is an enormous beach with a large area of sand and rockpools and cliff formations.  At high tide you lose the beach but what we like about Marloes Beach is that there are little rock coves that afford some privacy from other bathers and there is the shipwreck!  This beach has won a Green Coast and Seaside Award and you can part in the car park about ½ mile away.  There are no loos here and no beach cafe so pack a picnic!

There are many beaches in the area and we’d like to hear which is your favourite and why so we can share your tips with our readers.