Pembrokeshire Swimming beaches

The beach guide has 42 swimming beaches listed in Pembrokeshire. Check here for all swimming beaches in the UK

  • Stackpole Quay ©

    1. Stackpole Quay Beach

    Set along a stretch of coast best known for its beautiful sandy beaches is this hidden gem. Nestled in a gap in the wooded cliffs, this little cove is home to a small pebble…

  • Aberfforest ©

    2. Aberfforest Beach

    The is quiet rural beach is located a couple of miles up the coast from Newport. It is protected by headlands to either side making it a good spot for a high tide swim. Aberfforest beach is largely shingle, although as the tide goes out…

  • Swanlake Bay ©

    3. Swanlake Bay

    Swanlake Bay beach is located in South Pembrokeshire and the only way to get here is to walk down the Pembrokeshire National Park Coastal Footpath. The closest car park is in Manorbier, so although it takes some effort to get here,…

  • Broadhaven ©

    4. Broadhaven Beach

    The village of Broadhaven grew as a resort during the Victorian era. Despite its small size it has a rather grand sea front complete with promenade. Today it is still a popular spot, largely owing to the quality of the beach here which…

  • Watwick ©

    5. Watwick Beach

    Watwick Bay is a small east-facing beach at the mouth of Milford Haven. It is set on the remote and narrow peninsula leading to St Annes Head. The beach is rather steep and is made up mostly of sand. In the summer months the beach gets…

  • Dale ©

    6. Dale Beach

    At the south eastern tip of Pembrokeshire, Dale Beach faces east, making it pleasantly sheltered. It has regularly been awarded Blue Flag Status, and has also received an award from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for its excellent…

  • St Brides Haven ©

    7. St Brides Haven Beach

    St Brides Haven a pretty shingle and pebble beach set in a sheltered inlet . Facing north-west the beach is protected from the worst of the prevailing winds. 

    looking down from the northern side are a clutch of cottages and…

  • Barafundle Bay ©

    8. Barafundle Bay

    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…

  • Abermawr Bay ©

    9. Abermawr Bay

    The remote, rural beach at Abermawr Bay sits in a cove on the north Pembrokeshire coast and faces north-west. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest along with the wider Abermawr area and is part of the pretty Pembrokeshire…

  • Skrinkle Haven ©

    10. Skrinkle Haven Beach

    Skrinkle Haven beach sits between Old Castle Head and Lydstep Point and is located to the south-east of pretty Manorbier Village. There is a small bay here that is encircled by high cliffs and when the tide is low you will find a wide…

  • North Tenby ©

    11. North Tenby Beach

    Tenby North Beach is easy to spot if you are in Tenby thanks to the iconic Goscar Rock the rears out of the sand in the centre of the strip. The beach is one of the best-loved in the area and is tucked away between Harbour Beach and the…

  • Porthselau ©

    12. Porthselau Beach

    Porthselau is a small, largely sandy beach which is dotted with rock formations. It is located on the south side of greater Whitesands Bay. It faces north-west which means that you get excellent…

  • Porthmynawyd ©

    13. Porthmynawyd Beach

    Not far from Newgale Sands is Porthmynawyd, yet another idyllic little Pembrokeshire cove which only really comes into its own as the tide goes out. Then you will find a lovely stretch of golden sand flanked by cliffs which offer some…

  • Broadhaven South ©

    14. Broadhaven South Beach

    Broadhaven South Beach is a large expanse of sandy beach which stretches along a craggy coastline. The beach is a top spot for families although there is no lifeguard present. However, you will also find plenty of other seasonal amenities…

  • West Angle Bay ©

    15. West Angle Bay

    West Angle Bay Beach is a small, sheltered beach close to Milford Haven.

    The beach is made up of golden sand with rocky headlands at either end meaning it is protected from some of the wind. It is also something of a sun trap…

  • Glen Beach ©

    16. Glen Beach

    This small, sandy beach lies just south of Saundersfoot Harbour and Beach, on the Pembrokeshire coastline. The beach is backed by low cliffs and dense woodland, and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes through the trees just behind the…

  • Manorbier Bay ©

    17. Manorbier Bay

    Often described as one of the most beautiful spots in Wales, Manorbier Bay is one of the area’s most popular beaches.

    The sandy shoreline of Manorbier Bay is surrounded by cliffs and dunes and the dramatic landscape makes the…

  • Newport Sands ©

    18. Newport Sands Beach

    Newport is a small former fishing town on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. Newport Sands, known locally as 'Traeth Mawr' which means "Big Beach" and for good reason - it is around 1.5 miles long. This wide sandy beach, backed by dunes,…

  • Saundersfoot ©

    19. Saundersfoot Beach

    Situated in front of the village of Saundersfoot with its small harbour this sandy beach is very popular. The gently sloping sands make for safe swimming and all amenities are provided by the shops and cafes along the beach front. All…

  • Freshwater East ©

    20. Freshwater East Beach

    The sweeping sandy bay of Freshwater East is backed by sand dunes and sheltered by the headland of Trewent Point. This is one of the finest beaches on the Pembroke coast and has something for everyone. It’s a great family beach with…

  • South Tenby ©

    21. 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…

  • Castle Beach ©

    22. Castle Beach (Tenby)

    Nestled between the historic town of Tenby, Tenby Castle, and the St Catherine’s Island are the fine sands of Castle Beach. The beach here stretches southwards, joining up with the expanse of sand that is South…

  • Cwm yr Eglwys ©

    23. Cwm yr Eglwys Beach

    The sand and shingle cove of Cwm yr Eglwys is located on the eastern side of the Dinas Island peninsula near Newport. To the back of the beach is a high protective stone wall. This was probably built in response to the enormous 1859 storm…

  • Amroth ©

    24. Amroth Beach

    The golden sand, Blue Flag beach at Amroth sits at the start / end of the 186 mile Pembrokeshire coastal path.

    As the tide goes out a vast expanse of sand is revealed - perfect for beach games. When the tide comes in the beach…

  • Lydstep ©

    25. Lydstep Beach

    Lydstep Haven is a tiny, picturesque village with a sand and shingle beach, located near Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coast. Caves, dramatic views of Caldey Island and a free National Trust car park. The Lydstep Beach Village holiday park…

  • Blue Lagoon - Abereiddy Bay ©

    26. Blue Lagoon - Abereiddy Bay

    The blue lagoon is an old quarry, just north of the beach in Abereiddy Bay, that was abandoned and flooded in 1910, as the rock that separated it from the sea was demolished, allowing the waves to flow in. Today the blue lagoon is a popular…

  • Monkstone Beach ©

    27. Monkstone Beach

    A couple of miles north of Tenby is Monkstone beach, a fine stretch of golden sand punctuated by the occasional rock. This is a fairly sheltered beach and swimming here is generally safe, although there are no lifeguards. You'll also find…

  • Poppit Sands - East ©

    28. Poppit Sands - East Beach

    Poppit Sands East is a mostly sandy beach, with areas of pebbles, to the north of the mouth of the River Teifi (Afon Teifi), looking across to Poppit Sands West beach on the other side, and along the rugged coastline of the surrounding…

  • Poppit Sands ©

    29. Poppit Sands Beach

    Poppit Sands West is a popular, sandy beach, backed by hilly countryside, looking out over the mouth of the River Teifi. The beach is a good destination for bathing, and during the summer months there are lifeguards on duty from 10am…

  • Goodwick - Harbour South ©

    30. Goodwick - Harbour South Beach

    Goodwick Harbour is a sandy beach within the walls of Fishguard Harbour from where a ferry service operates to Rosslare in Ireland. It is separated by the harbour wall from Goodwick Sands. Whilst the beach is popular for walking, swimming,…

  • Wisemans Bridge ©

    31. Wisemans Bridge Beach

    Wisemans Bridge Beach lies between Saundersfoot and Amroth and is linked to the rest of the coastline via a series of paths and tunnels. As such, ramblers flock here for the scenic views and the sheer number of trails in the area. You…

  • Whitesands ©

    32. Whitesands Beach

    As the name suggest, Whitesands Beach is a long strip of white sand which stretches northwards towards direction of St. David’s Head. It is also sometimes known as Porthmawr which is the Welsh for Big Harbour.

    Whitesands Bay is…

  • Coppet Hall ©

    33. Coppet Hall Beach

    Even when the tide is out, this small but sandy beach has plenty of space, although do check tide times to make sure you don’t get cut off. At low tide, there’s ample room for beach games, and great spots for crabbing. You can access…

  • Newport - Car Park Slip ©

    34. Newport - Car Park Slip Beach

    Newport is a small town (not to be confused with the city bearing the same name near Cardiff), nestling under the Preseli hills, on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. The town offers a choice of places to shop, eat and stay. This beach…

  • Martins Haven ©

    35. Martins Haven Beach

    Martins Haven is set in a sheltered, rocky cove and backed a steep bank of shingle and pebbles behind. Beyond this is the road leads down to the beach, forming a slipway.

    The beach is close to the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve…

  • St. Ishmaels (Lindsway Bay) ©

    36. St. Ishmaels (Lindsway Bay)

    St. Ishmaels Beach (Lindsway Bay) is located in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and is a small beach nestled close to the village of St. Ishmaels. The only way to get to the beach is to walk down a pretty coastal path, or you can also…

  • Parrog ©

    37. Parrog Beach

    The small town of Newport lies on the Pembrokeshire coastline, not far from the beautiful Preseli hills and at the mouth of the river Nevern. To the north of the river is the wide expanse of Newport Sands, while in front of the town is…

  • Penally ©

    38. Penally Beach

    Penally Beach is an undeveloped stretch of sand, backed by dunes, on the southern Pembrokeshire coast. At low tide the beach links to the more popular Tenby South and Castle…

  • Waterwynch Bay ©

    39. Waterwynch Bay

    At low tide Waterwynch Bay Beach is a long sandy beach formed from two coves. It is backed by a pebble bank which is all that remains at high tide as the golden sands disappear completely. The beach is often eschewed in favour of the more…

  • Goodwick Sands ©

    40. Goodwick Sands Beach

    This beach, with its mix of sand and shingle, lies close to the Fishguard-Rosslare Ferry Terminal which is linked by train to London. The beach is divided by a series of wooden groynes and has a sea wall composed of quarried boulders.…

  • Aber Rhigian ©

    41. Aber Rhigian Beach

    This secluded north-facing beach is only accessible from the coast path or a mile long hike from the nearest parking spot on the A487. Set in a deep inlet the beach is backed by a lovely wooded valley through which the Cwm Rhigian cascades.…

  • Porthlysgi ©

    42. Porthlysgi Beach

    Located towards the tip of the St David's peninsula this is one of the most westerly beaches in Wales. Porthlysgi is set in an idyllic cove backed by low grassy cliffs this is a beautifully tranquil spot. At high tide the beach is mostly…