Sand, glorious sand

What could be better than a day out at the beach?

Beaches in Pembrokeshire

How do you like yours?

Acres and acres of golden sands backed by dunes like Freshwater West and Barafundle Bay or a small, secluded rocky cove, such a Cwm yr Eglwys, perfect for rock-pooling?

It can be safely said that the beaches of Pembrokeshire will tick everyone’s boxes, and with over 50 to choose from you can see why.

Protected by their National Park status Pembrokeshire’s beaches have some of the cleanest waters and sands with many awards to show for it; eleven blue flags; twelve green coast, eleven seaside, and twenty one rural seaside awards! That makes Pembrokeshire beaches the best in Wales.

When heading to the coast, remember to check the tide times for Pembrokeshire. Your swathe of golden sand might have disappeared for its twice daily wash; you don’t want to find at the end of your beach stroll that the tide has snuck in behind you and left you stranded!

Beach awards information

Blue Flag

The programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote good environmental behaviour among tourists and local populations and best practice among beach and marina management staff. The prestigious Blue Flag for beaches is acknowledged in 46 countries around the world.

Green Coast

The Green Coast Award recognises excellent water quality, high environmental standards and sensitive management of rural beaches. The award is for beaches that have not only achieved EC excellent water quality but are prized for their natural unspoilt environment. This means that they generally do not have the level of infrastructure and intensive management generally associated with more urban, traditional resort beaches. Because of the nature of the award you will not find a flag flying but you should find an unobtrusive plaque somewhere.

Seaside Awards

The Seaside Award is run in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The award is split into two categories: Resort and Rural due to the differing character of our beaches. A Resort beach attracts many visitors, and typically provides good facilities such as toilets, access for disabled people, car parks and cafes. Many have dog restrictions throughout the bathing season.

More information visit Keep Wales Tidy

Use the map below to explore Pembrokeshire’s beaches.

Barafundle Bay

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