Whitesands beach

Whitesands beach

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 bodyboarders 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 30th September. 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 2022

What's at Whitesands beach?


Concrete ramp: 1:5 to 1:4 1⁄2 for 17 metres onto the sand. Changes in beach conditions, especially in winter, may result in a step forming at the base of the slipway.


Private car park 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 the end of May and the beginning of September. Slipway.

Onshore facilities

The 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 River Alun, in the 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.


  • Bathing
  • Beware Currents
  • Cafe
  • Canoeing
  • Car Park
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dog Restrictions
  • First Aid
  • Lifeguard
  • Phone
  • Rocky
  • Sandy Beach
  • Sea Angling
  • Seaside Award Beach
  • Slipway or Launching
  • Stream
  • Sub Aqua
  • Surfing
  • Toilets
  • Wind Surfing

I can highly recommend Pembrokeshire - it has everything for a great holiday!

Valery Collins, Experienced Traveller