There are many things that bring people to Pembrokeshire; the fantastic food scene, independent shops, magnificent coast path, and all-round incredible views. On any Pembrokeshire to do list though, there have to be a fair few trips to the beach! Here are our top picks, mostly around St Davids, and some worth traveling to while you’re here!
Within walking distance of the centre of St Davids, Caerfai is a beautiful beach set below the spacious car park. Perfect for a swim on a still day!
St Davids’ local surf beach, it’s also fantastic for walking, picnicking, sandcastle building… whatever takes your fancy! Easy parking and a brilliant cafe/restaurant, around a 5-minute drive from St Davids.
The first glimpse you’ll get of the sea on your way to St Davids is on coming over the crest of the hill at Newgale. A long, stunning beach with a perfectly situated pub just across the road.
Just around the corner from Whitesands, you’ll find Porthselau, a smaller cove fantastic for sunbathing or rock pooling. Walk along the coast path from Whitesands, or pay for parking at the farm above.
A perfect summer’s evening = grab some fish and chips from The Shed at Porthgain, drive to Abereiddy and eat them while you watch the sunset. The Blue Lagoon is just over the hill, which is a must-see while in Pembrokeshire.
If you like the hustle and bustle of a seaside village, Broad Haven is for you! Fish and chip cafes, beach shops, lovely restaurants and of course, the big, beautiful beach! About a half an hour’s drive from St Davids, but great for an afternoon’s wander or a day on the beach.
Broad Haven South
While we adore the rugged beauty of North Pembrokeshire, we all love a day out to South Pembrokeshire once in a while, and it’s definitely worth exploring if you’re here for a week! Head to Bosherston, walk through the lily ponds and find yourself on a vast, soft-sanded golden beach at Broad Haven South.
A little North of Broad Haven South, Freshwater West is very much ‘As Seen On TV!’ Featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, this beach is a favourite among families, walkers and surfers alike! Banked with sand dunes behind, have a search for Dobby’s grave before tucking into a lobster roll from Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co.
These are only 10 of the many, many beaches and hidden coves dotted around this incredible coastline. Which are your favourite?