Oxwich Bay

Located on the Gower Peninsula’s southern coast is Oxwich Bay, a vast stretch of golden sand. Oxwich is one of those beaches that genuinely does have something for everyone with a host of activities both in and out of the sea.

Oxwich Bay is a popular beach with families and can get quite busy towards the village end during the summer. The gently sloping sands make it ideal for paddling and taking a dip, whilst further out to sea speed-boats and jet skis zoom back and forth.
With a car park practically on the beach this is an ideal launching spot.

If you’d prefer to get away from all this (and why wouldn’t you!) head eastwards along the beach towards Nicholaston Burrows. This end of the beach is backed by extensive sand dunes which form part of a nature reserve and is rarely busy.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SS 5121 8735


Large. private car park.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Oxwich Bay Reviews

Disappointed Paddleboarders

Jun 05th 2021

Extremely disappointed, and a little annoyed by the fact that Oxwich beach have now banned hightop vans from parking on the front. Apparently this decsion was made following an incident on the beach where drunken van owners parked overnight and caused criminal damage. However, pop-top T4’s, T5’s are still permitted. Having an elderly disabled passenger with us, who relies on the facilites we have in the van, we had no other option but to leave, with 2 very upset paddleboarders. I fail to see what difference the height of the van makes to your behaviour on the beach. Let’s hope they re-evaluate this ruling, as it’s our favourite beach to paddleboard with our closest friends.


Oct 05th 2019

The area is wonderful we paddle board & kayak
the toilet’s are absolutely disgusting. £5.00 for parking is fine but please spend some of the takings on the facilities.
cold water external shower’s would be fabulous.
Compared to the rest of the gower it is not a very good advert for the Welsh coast line it’s a shame.


Jul 14th 2019

Such a shame about the huge bins as they smell so bad.  Also the mess left behind by bbqs.  Makes for lots of flies

What did we get wrong?