Best Beaches in Wales

Below are a list of the best and most beautiful 15 beaches in Wales as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current top-rated beach in Wales is Harlech. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Wales just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Harlech Beach

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    Harlech Beach provides a four-mile stretch of pristine golden sand, with stunning views of the Snowdonia mountain range. The beach is backed by grassy dunes. The Morfa Harlech National Nature Reserve at the north end of the beach is Wales’s only growing dune…

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  • 2. Rhossili Bay

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    Often described as one of Wales' best beaches, one of the best beaches in the UK and even within the top ten beaches in the world, the stunning and wild Rhossili Bay is under the watchful care of the National Trust. Located on the southwestern tip of the…

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  • 3. Barafundle Bay

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    The small but perfectly formed Barafundle Bay was once a relatively little known gem of the Pembroke coast. Then all of a sudden everybody wanted to give it an award and the secret was out. Blue Flag awards, features in Country Life and a place on numerous…

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  • 4. Freshwater West Beach

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    Freshwater West Beach is a long strip of sandy beach which is backed by the extensive dune system of Broomhill Burrows. It is an area with a fascinating history as it was once used by smugglers as a place to stash their booty. Located on Wales' exposed west…

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  • 5. Benllech Beach

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    Benllech is a sandy beach, with plenty of rock pools, on the east coast of Anglesey. Great for swimming, windsurfing and sea-fishing. The Isle of Anglesey coast path crosses the beach.

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  • 6. Llanddwyn Beach

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    An excellent sandy beach backed by forest and extensive dunes, at the south-western tip of Anglesey. A path leads to the Llanddwyn Island nature reserve. Excellent views of the Snowdonia National Park.

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  • 7. Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands Beach

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    Morfa Bychan, known locally as Black Rock Sands, is a sandy beach, with rocky areas- although the rocks aren’t actually black. The beach stretches for about 2 miles and is backed by a dune system which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.…

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  • 8. Abersoch Beach

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    Abersoch's main beach is sheltered and sandy, with safe swimming and great views of the mountains of West Wales. Boat trips to St Tudwal and Bardsey Island. Occasional surf around the corner at Hell's Mouth or Porth Ceriad.

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  • 9. Dinas Dinlle Beach

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    Dinas Dinlle is a popular sandy beach with great views of the Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey and easy access to Snowdonia's highest mountains. An SSSI, with Iron Age remains and excellent Bass fishing. Two slipways for launching jet skis, power boats and dive…

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  • 10. Aberffraw Bay

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    Aberffraw Bay (pronounced "Aber-frown") is an unspoilt sandy beach that is just far enough from the nearest parking spot to make sure it never get busy. Backed by extensive low sand dunes, the beach feels particularly expansive. These dunes are a Special…

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  • 11. Lligwy Beach

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    Wide, sandy beach located just around the corner from the village of Moelfre. The beach of Traeth Lligwy is backed by low sand dunes giving it a wild, open feel, which is exactly what it is. At low tide a large expanse of firm sand is revealed providing all…

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  • 12. Trearddur Bay

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    Trearddur Bay, located a couple of miles from Holyhead, is one of Anglesey's best beaches. A vast expanse of sand overlooked by a large hotel and two golf courses, the beach is also the site of an ancient burial ground, excavated in 2003. There is a play…

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  • 13. Traeth yr Ora Beach

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    This lovely wide, sand and shingle beach is just far enough off the beaten track to make this one of Anglesey's true hidden gems. The beach itself is a long stretch of sand and shingle at high tide. As the tide drops out an expanse of flat sand is revealed.…

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  • 14. Llangrannog Beach

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    Llangrannog would have started life as a rural village attached to a port, but nowadays the beach here is the main draw and one of the best loved in Ceredigion. The beach here sits below a series of craggy cliffs and on what is part of the scenic Wales Coast…

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  • 15. Three Cliffs Bay

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    Three Cliff Bay is one of the Gower's most photographed locations, and for good reason. A wide bay of golden sand backed by gently sloping dunes to the rear Three Cliff is easily recognised by the limestone headland to the east with its iconic three summits.…

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