The Many Beaches of Pembrokeshire

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

The North Coast Beaches

There is a great variety of beaches on the Pembrokeshire’s North coast, and most are sandy with good facilities.  Each beach has a distinct usage, e.g., surfing, sunbathing, and beachcombing, 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 of these beaches:

1. Newport Sands

Typically, it is 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 many watersports are enjoyed here.  This beach often wins awards and has lifeguards, and slipway.  Amenities are good with toilets, a cafe, accommodation and even a golf course that backs onto the beach!

2. Abercastle

It is ideal for kayaks and boats because of its 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.

3. Cwm yr Eglwys

This small, sandy cove is great for beach explorers who like rock pools. It’s a 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 often wins the green coast award and rural seaside award.  There are good parking facilities in the village and a toilet and slipway.

South Coast Beaches

The South Coast boasts so many beaches we’d run out of space if we wrote up all of them, but here are a few for you to get the idea!

1. Amroth

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

2. 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 beach’s edge with tunnels to Wisemands Bridge and Saundersfoot.  It has a car park, toilets, icecreams and other bites to eat can be found on the shoreline. Often gains the Blue Flag award.

3. Monkstone

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!  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 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 park in the car park about ½ mile away.  There are no loos here and no beach cafe, so pack a picnic!

For more details on the beaches and surrounding area, check out our Pembrokeshire destination guide. There are many beaches in Pembrokeshire, and we’d like to hear which is your favourite and why so we can share your tips with our readers.

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