Our Top 10 Pembrokeshire Beaches

By Kerry Curson top 10 pembrokeshire beaches

Before the summer is over for another year we’ve decided to make the most of the beaches which are so easily taken for granted when forever on the doorstep. After much discussion we have come up with our top Pembrokeshire beaches so that we can share our local knowledge with Bluestone guests, and Pembrokeshire visitors past, present and future.

Barafundle Bay

barafundel bay

Barafundle Bay offers a stunning walk through a forest and over a lake before you reach the stunning bay that looks out to rugged cliffs, clear ocean and the greenery of the coastal path. This is the perfect way to enjoy the variety of terrains that Pembrokeshire has to offer, and the long walk feels like a real adventure as you find your way to the bay through the trees, as if on a desert island. You’ll often find helpful locals directing visitors to their favourite spots which is a bonus.

Freshwater West

fresh water west

The backdrop of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Freshwater West beach is surrounded by dessert like sand dunes that roll on and on into the surrounding landscapes. On early mornings you will often find the car parks full with keen surfers ready to catch the early morning waves at this picturesque spot.

Monkstone Beach

monkstone beach

Situated south of Monkstone Point, which is roughly midway between Saundersfoot and Tenby lies Monkstone beach. Free roadside parking is available on the lane to Trevayne farm and camping site on the cliff top from where a permissive path runs through the farm to the coast path. Then the fun begins as you enter what appears to be a secret path of over 100 steps down to this stunning little cove with clean, soft white sand and a wide horizon that seems to lead to infinity.

Whitesands

whitesands beach

A little further afield but definitely worth the journey for the water sport fanatics among our guests. Whitesands is overlooked by the hill of Carn Llidi. The wide expanse of fine white sand curves towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head. This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and therefore very popular. The surf ‘break’ is at the northern end and on busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves. At the quieter south end, there are some nicely sheltered bays. - See more at:

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Broad Haven

broad haven beach

Broad Haven is a wide open sandy beach where you can enjoy watching trawler boats floating at a snail’s pace across the ocean’s back drop of wide blue skies (dependant on the day and time of year of course). There’s also the ocean side restaurant where you can enjoy a full three course meal or just a traditional ice cream in a cone. The water tends to be calmer here so it’s usually a surfer free zone.

Little Haven

little haven beach

Just a short walk or drive up the road from Broad Haven beach Little Haven is more of a secluded cove with some great rock pools to enjoy crabbing or searching for other ocean species that you may be surprised to find. As it’s only a small bay this one can get really packed during peak periods of holiday season so to get the best from it visit bright and breezy or later in the evening to enjoy the seclusion that locals love so much about this spot.

Tenby Beach – North & South

tenby beach

Tenby is probably the most well know beach of Pembrokeshire as its converted boathouse featured on Grand Designs a couple of years ago and its regular promotion to tourists, it is a beautiful spot where the small town can be enjoyed as much as the beach itself. When the tide is in the two are completely separate beaches although during most of the day you can walk easily from one to the other. South Beach has a wider expanse of sand where you can enjoy longer walks or runs, it also has some areas enclosed by sand dunes where you can plot up for a day sunbathing or an evening barbeque. From North beach you can enjoy views of St Catherine’s Island and Fort.

Saundersfoot

saundersfoot

A small cove set within the quaint seaside town of Saundersfoot itself. This is a great place for rock pooling, or sea fishing from the shore line and simply to plot up for a picnic. You can also enjoy a coastline walk and some traditional fish and chips if picnics aren’t your thing.

Newgale

newgale

Almost completely hidden from road level by hills of pebbles that must be encountered before you reach the soft sands that are regularly trodden by surfers young and old from beginners to pros, Newgale is a favourite amongst surfers for its consistent tide and safe surroundings. What appears to be a simple roadside shop – Newsurf also offer surf tuition and refresher training along with board and wetsuit hire, there’s also a beach side pub which is a great place for an alfresco glass of wine as the sun goes down.

Amroth

amroth beach

Amroth beach stretches the whole length of the village. It has an extremely low tide from which you can still see the Petrified Forest; destroyed when sea levels rose 7000 years ago. Fossilised antlers, nuts, animal bones and Neolithic flints have all been discovered here over the years. The village parish was an important anthracite coal mining area until the end of the 19th century. Slight remains of mines and tramways are still visible. Ruins of Amroth Castle also remain and are great for photography fans.

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