South Tenby Beach

Tenby South Beach stretches for a mile and a half across coast that backed by soft sand dunes. The beach is located between St Catherine’s Island and the headland of Giltar Point. The area closest to Tenby town is the most popular part of the beach but if you walk a little further along towards the east end you will be able to find a less crowded spot.

At low tide the beach joins up with Castle Beach to reveal a huge stretch of clean golden sand which is ideal for beach games and sandcastles. At high tide there is still a large expanse of the beach left to enjoy. The sand here slopes gently down into the sea so swimming is safe and there are no rocks or deep ledges to avoid.

As you look out from Tenby South Beach you will see Caldey Island in the distance. This area is also protected by the cliffs and the natural curve of the coastline meaning that you are shielded from the fresh winds common in Wales.

The northern side of Tenby South Beach has a range of amenities like toilets and a car park, plus there is easy disabled access. There are also food options close to the beach with a couple of cafes, restaurants, and the South Beach Shack that serves sandwiches and ice creams.
You will also find deckchair hire available in the summer season from June to September and there is an ice cream van that serves the beach throughout this period.

In the summer months lifeguards patrol the beach so that families can visit with full peace of mind. Dogs are allowed at the far end of the area throughout the year.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

There are no dog bins and dog restrictions are in place.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



SA70 7DU

OS grid ref.

SS 1321 9997


There are approximately 200 car park spaces near South Beach which can fill up quickly. There are some disabled spaces in the South Beach car park. There is a charge for parking.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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