Whitesands Bay

St David's Pembrokeshire

Whitesands actually has a beach of golden sand, and is also famed for its sunsets – these days it’s a magnet for everyone from families to surfers. Facilities include full lifeguard cover in summer, an overpriced and rather ugly beach café, public toilets and surfboard-, deckchair- and windbreak-hire. It can get very crowded in summer, and you should note that dogs are banned May–Sept. But on a sunny, quiet day in early or late summer Whitesands fully justifies its reputation as one of Wales’ finest beaches.

If you want somewhere quieter, follow the coast path north and in around ten minutes you’ll reach Porthmelgan, a lovely cove-beach with lots of sand at low tide, a couple of caves, and a waterfall. Take a picnic as there are no facilities.

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