Best beaches in County Waterford

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in County Waterford as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in County Waterford is Caliso Bay. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in County Waterford just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Caliso Bay

    Caliso Bay © John Berry | BY-SA

    The remote rural beach of Caliso Bay is located on the very edge of County Waterford, across the river Blackwater from County Cork. On the whole Caliso Bay, with its exotic name, is largely deserted. The most frequent visitors are local anglers, the occasional surfers and the odd naturist (the section to the right of…

  • 2. Clonea Beach

    Clonea © John M

    Clonea Strand is a long, wide stretch of sandy beach about 10 minutes ' drive from Dungarvan. It is considered my some to be among the best beaches on Ireland's South East coast.

    People come here throughout the year for long walks, and to fly kites, taking in the expansive views over the sea and the…

  • 3. Bunmahon Beach

    Bunmahon © Jonathan Thacker | BY-SA

    The former mining village of Bunmahon lies on the R675, south of Waterford. The unspoiled beach here, offers a good stretch of sand, backed by dunes and rocky outcrops. It is flanked by spectacular cliffs which, together with the natural curve of the bay, provide some degree of shelter. The dunes behind the beach provide…

  • 4. Woodstown Beach

    Woodstown © Paul O'farrell | BY-SA

    Woodstown Strand is a long stretch of sandy beach backed by private woodland. The beach is located on the banks of the wide estuary carved by the Rivers Suir, Nore and Barrow making it a sheltered spot. This also means the sand slopes very gently and when the tide is out a large flat beach…

  • 5. Ardmore Bay

    Ardmore Bay © Vadrefjord

    The small holiday town of Ardmore boasts a mile long stretch of sandy beach. Situated midway between Dungarvan and Youghal the town retains much of its charm as well as an abundance of history.

    Beginning on the northern edge of the harbour town, the beach is mostly backed by fields remaining largely undeveloped. Overlooking the town…

  • 6. Tramore Beach

    Tramore © Paul O'farrell | BY-SA

    If you are looking for a huge sandy beach then Tramore could be for you. The name itself means "Big Strand" and that is exactly what it is. The beach here stretches 5 km (3 miles) along Waterford's Atlantic coast. Tramore does draw a crowd from nearby Waterford City but there is always plenty of…

  • 7. Dunmore Strand Beach

    Dunmore Strand © Paul O'farrell | BY-SA

    Nestled in a sheltered cove Dunmore Strand is protected from most of the winds and waves. The beach here backs onto the charming little fishing village of Dunmore East with the Strand pub overlooking the beach. This sandy beach ranges from being a wide expanse that stretches all the way around to neighbouring Counsellors Strand…

  • 8. Whiting Bay

    Whiting Bay © Oliver Dixon | BY-SA

    Whiting Bay is a wide open sandy beach in the east of County Waterford near Youghal.

    The beach here is popular with surfers and can have great waves, however it is often windy here too.