5 Great Beaches in Wales


Beaches in Wales

Discover the great beaches in Wales!

In addition to being the land of emerald hills, dragons, and giants who roam the country, Wales also has some of the best beaches in the UK. In fact, at the time of writing, around 40 of the beaches in Wales had been awarded blue flag status, an honour bestowed upon those with the highest level of safety standards, water quality, and environmental management. Here are five of the best beaches in Wales, but we can assure you that there are many more along the 750 mile Welsh coastline!

Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire

The imposing hill of Carn Llidi looks over one of the best beaches in the South of Wales. With fine golden sand stretching to around a mile, Whitsands beach is extremely popular among the surfing community of the country. When the conditions are right, the beach is often packed with surfers, body boarders, and other water sports enthusiast competing for the best waves.

  • Toilets - yes
  • Lifeguards - yes (Between May and Sept)
  • Parking - yes (small car park for approx. 60 vehicles)

Abersoch, Llyn Peninsula

The main beach at Abersoch is a favourite destination for families visiting the area. It is considered to be a ‘safe’ beach and there is a motor boat exclusion zone here meaning that bathers and young swimmers can enjoy the water in peace. There is also plenty of sand for building castles, and dunes to be explored.

  • Toilets - yes
  • Lifeguards - yes (Between April and Sept)
  • Parking - yes
  • Cafe - yes

Llangrannog, Ceredigion

Llangrannog beach is a great sheltered, sandy beach featuring a distinctive rock on the edge of the shore which, according to legend, was once a giant’s tooth! The sand and rock pools are teeming with marine life which means that this beach is a great family beach. Walkers can enjoy the cliff path, part of the picturesque Ceredigion coast path, leading from the village to Cilborth.

  • Toilets - unknown
  • Lifeguards - unknown
  • Parking - yes
  • Cafe - yes

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Barafundle Bay is a beach that is often considered to be the jewel in the crown of the Pembrokeshire beaches. The fine sand and crystal-clear water mean that it is increasingly likened to a Caribbean beach. With the nearest car park located half a mile away and backed by undulating sand dunes and pine trees it is not the most easily accessible beach, but it is worth the effort, you’ll find that the peace and tranquillity found here can make you believe that you are in your own personal paradise.

  • Toilets - yes (half a mile walk away at Stackpole Village)
  • Lifeguards - no
  • Parking - yes (half a mile walk away)
  • Cafe - yes (half a mile walk away)

Porth Neigwl/Hell’s Mouth, Llanengan

Another popular beach for water sports is Hell’s Mouth found in North Wales. In the past, this beach had a reputation among sailors as being a place of destruction and was feared, hence the name. In the present day though, this crescent shaped beach and inviting blue water is considered among best surfing beaches in the UK because the size, shelter, and location provide great conditions. Bathing can be unsafe here due to strong undertows and cross currents.

  • Toilets - no
  • Lifeguards - no
  • Parking - yes
  • Cafe - no
  • Dogs welcome

We have a selection of holiday cottages in Wales throughout its length and breadth, so that you can come and discover these beautiful beaches for yourself.

Please check the Internet for updates and changes to the facilities on offer. Information is subject to change.

Posted by Hannah on 30th June 2017