Overlooked by the imposing craggy hill of Carn Llidi, this wide expanse of fine white sand curves north towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head.
This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and therefore very popular. The surf ‘break’ is at the northern end and on busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves.
At this end, there’s a rocky promontory to climb on. At the quieter south end, there are some nicely sheltered bays.
Dog restrictions apply to the entire length of the beach between 1st May and 30thSeptember. Check out the map of the beach.
If you’re planning to visit, check out the tide times to make sure you’ve plenty of beach to play on and that you don’t get cut off by the incoming tide!
Blue Flag Beach 2016 and Seaside Award (Resort) 2016.
ParkingParking for 60 cars above the beach. Parking can be a problem during the height of summer, but the Celtic Coaster shuttle bus (summer only) from The Oriel y Parc car park on the edge of St Davids can take you to Whitesands.
Toilets, cafe. Lifeguards patrol between end of May and the beginning of September. Slipway.
On shore facilities
Nearest facilities are in the city of St Davids. St Davids is a popular city; it earns its city status from the magnificent St Davids Cathedral built, along the banks of the Rive Alun, in 12th Century. National Park Visitor Centre (open all year), numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants, many interesting shops and a good choice of hotels, caravan parks, B&Bs and self catering in St Davids.