The Pembrokeshire Coast is dotted with some of the best beauty spots in the world. A holiday here is never long enough to take in all of them, so here are our favourites. Add them to your Pembrokeshire bucket list!
Bosherston is a small village near Pembroke in the south of Pembrokeshire. A must on a visit here is a walk around the lily ponds. These three flooded quarries are at the right time of year covered in blooming lilies. The stunning Broad Haven south beach is perfect for a picnic, or visit the award-winning Stackpole Inn for lunch!
Marloes is a gem that combines wild coastline with the golden sands of Marloes Sands, great for sunbathing. This area boasts some of the best birdwatching in the county and is where you need to head to catch the boat out to Skomer to see the puffins! When you’ve finished exploring or are heading back from the beach, pop into Runwayskiln for some lovely food with magnificent views.
On the south side of the Marloes Peninsula lies the more sheltered village of Dale. This is a paradise for those who enjoy windsurfing, sailing, and other water activities. It’s a lovely place to while away an afternoon, whether it’s on the water, the beach, or at The Griffin Inn, serving fantastic pub grub!
Possibly the most well-known town on the Pembrokeshire Coast, Tenby is a colourful seaside town with lots to offer. Beautiful beaches, great restaurants, independent gift shops, and more fish and chip cafes than you could ever wish for! There’s something here for everyone, whether you’d like a day on the beach or doing some exploring. Take a boat over to Caldey Island for a truly unique experience!
If you’re looking for a vast beach of golden sand, with pumping waves, great street food, and a touch of celebrity, Freshwater West is for you! Experienced surfers will enjoy some of the best waves in the country here, and the less experienced can grab a lobster roll from Cafe Mor and settle in to watch the fun, or play in the amazing sand dunes that back the beach. The dunes of Freshwater West are home to Dobby’s resting place, as a scene from Harry Potter was filmed here!
Porthgain is the tiny harbour village with loads to offer. As well as some of the best sunsets around, Porthgain is home to The Shed Bistro and The Sloop Inn, two of the best-loved eateries in North Pembrokeshire. In the summer this village is bustling with people sitting on the harbour wall enjoying fish and chips or sitting on the pub’s sunny terrace enjoying local seafood.
Abereiddy & the Blue Lagoon
Take a walk along the coast path from Porthgain and you’ll reach Abereiddy and with it the magnificent Blue Lagoon. The flooded quarry is perfect for swimming and picnicking. MUUK Adventures run from the car park from whom you can book trips or hire kayaks and surfboards to fully enjoy the area. The Pembrokeshire Coast is the birthplace of coasteering, and there is nowhere better to try this for the first time than Abereiddy!
One of St Davids’ local beaches, Whitesands is a golden expanse of sand that is a real all-rounder. Local surfers flock here whenever the swell comes in, and the sheltered bay means it’s a great spot for a wintery walk. In summer, it’s fantastic for sunbathing, swimming and sandcastle building! Whitesands is also home to the Whitesands Beach Hut Cafe, serving ice cream, coffees and hot food from the top of the car park. Whitesands has it all!
Caerfai is another beach just outside St Davids and is different from Whitesands, and no less lovely. This is a fantastic swimming spot, as it is sheltered and often has crystal clear waters. On a summer’s day, Caerfai is a perfect beach to base oneself on for the day with a BBQ!
Last and not least is the magical harbour village of Solva. Home to some of the best local seafood in Pembrokeshire, this is the fishing village that has grown into a destination that has something for everyone. Seafood restaurants, cosy pubs, independent shops, cafes, and beautiful stretches of coastline are just some of the reasons to visit Solva. Our favourite way to spend an afternoon? Crabbing from the harbour, followed by goodies from Mamgu Welshcakes, and picking up fish and chips from 35 Main Street to enjoy on the beach!