Pembrokeshire, with its stunning coastline and pristine beaches, is a paradise for beach lovers and adventurers alike. Whether you’re seeking rocky shores for exploration, serene spots for yoga, or golden sands for building sandcastles, this enchanting county in Wales has it all. Join us as we explore the 12 best Pembrokeshire beaches to make your summer unforgettable.
Best for Rockpooling: Caerfai
Tucked below the coast path about a mile outside St Davids, Caerfai beach is perfect for rockpooling enthusiasts. Explore its rocky shores to discover an array of marine life while surrounded by breathtaking coastal views. Make sure to pop in to Seaside Shack Burgers for dinner on your way back!
Best for Wild Swimming: Abereiddy & the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy offers a thrilling wild swimming experience in its deep, turquoise waters. Formerly a slate quarry, this unique spot is now a haven for adventure seekers. Always swim in company. Check out the North Pembrokeshire Bluetits to see when others are swimming and join in!
Fancy even more of an adrenaline high? Go coasteering in this magical spot with MUUK Adventures.
Best for Dog Walking: Abermawr
Let your furry friend roam free along the stunning, generally quiet beach at Abermawr, and take a walk through the woodland too! Abermawr is the best of both worlds, and dog friendly all year round. An ideal beach for your four-legged companions.
Photo credit: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Best for Young Children: Tenby South Beach
Tenby South Beach boasts golden sands, dunes to play in and proximity to all Tenby has to offer, making it the perfect place for young children to paddle and play. Build sandcastles, fly kites, and create cherished family memories. With Tenby at it’s back, there is loads to do once you’re done on the beach, and plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Photo credit: Black Cat Adventures via Around Tenby
Best for Building Sandcastles: Whitesands
With its soft, golden sands, Whitesands is a sandcastle builder’s dream come true. Let your imagination run wild and construct intricate structures with the backdrop of rolling waves. Make sure there’s someone not needed on the building site so they can fetch drinks and snacks from Whitesands Beach House!
Best for Eating: Saundersfoot Beach
Indulge your taste buds at Saundersfoot Beach, lined with charming eateries serving delectable seafood and local delights. Savour your meal while gazing at the tranquil harbour. Our favourites, Mamgu Welshcakes have just opened a second branch there too!
Photo Credit: Visit Saundersfoot
Best for Surfing: Newgale
Surfers rejoice at Newgale Beach, renowned for its consistent waves and surfing-friendly environment. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, catch the perfect wave here. Looking for some new gear or some pointers? Head to Newsurf just across the road.
Best for Yoga: Porthselau
Find your inner peace at Porthselau, where the serene surroundings create a perfect setting for beachfront yoga. Feel the gentle sea breeze as you stretch and meditate. The best bit about Porthselau is that you can only get there on foot. Park at Whitesands and warm up for your yoga session on the half an hour walk along the coast path, and cool down as you walk back. The perfect morning!
Best for Secret Location: Traeth Llyfn
Traeth Llyfn is the ultimate secret location. Accessible only by foot and surrounded by verdant cliffs, this secluded paradise is worth the journey. Ask anyone locally and they will say ‘Oh yes, the one with the steps!’ Keep an eye out for the famous steep metal steps on the coast path between Abereiddy and Porthgain to find this hidden gem.
Photo Credit: Anywhere We Roam
Best for Picnicking: Barafundle Bay
Gather your favourite snacks and head to Barafundle Bay for a picturesque picnic by the sea. Relax, unwind, and relish the beauty of this breathtaking haven. Choose a spot on the expansive golden sands backed by dunes and indulge in your favourite foods in a perfect beach afternoon. Need a cold pint to cool off? Stop at Stackpole Inn!
Photo Credit: YourWales
Best for Watching the Sunrise: Broad Haven South
Welcome the dawn at Broad Haven South, where the first rays of sunlight illuminate the rugged coastline. Start your day with a sense of wonder and awe at this breathtaking sunrise spot. Pack blankets and a flask of coffee for the ultimate cosy experience!
Photo Credit: @600.and.one.adventures
Best for Watching the Sunset: Whitesands
Whitesands is so good, we listed it twice! End your day the Pembrokeshire way as the sun dips below the horizon at Whitesands. The striking cliffs and golden sands provide a stunning backdrop for a mesmerising sunset. We recommend picking up curry and kottu from Mr Funks Sri Lankan Curry on your way to eat on the beach.