Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! Nostalgia, fresh air, relaxation, sandy toes, vitamin sea and the warmth of the sun. West Wales is packed with stunning award winning family friendly Blue Flag beaches and beautiful seaside towns to explore.
It’s no secret Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion boast spectacular coastlines complete with stunning, award winning beaches. In fact, Tenby Harbour beach has been declared the most beautiful in Europe and Barafundle is listed among the top 10 in the world.
Many of the beaches within these counties are picture perfect as they are covered in golden sand with a backdrop of striking cliffs or rolling dunes.
Our handpicked range of sea view cottages and coastal holiday apartments will ensure you’re never too far from the sea on your beach break be it a long summer holiday or weekend seaside break.
Sea views, luxury waterside apartments and seaside townhouses await for your next adventure with that special someone, friends and/or family or simply by yourself.
A large number the beaches in South West Wales are easily accessible and many are great for children because of their favourable topography and facilities nearby.
What’s more the prestigious Blue Flag eco-label has been awarded to 11 beaches in Pembrokeshire, five in Ceredigion and to one in Carmarthenshire.
Lifeguards can also be found keeping an eye on bathers and water sports fanatics on some of the more popular beaches, such as Tenby South beach. Alternatively, if you just want to find some peace and quiet there are lots of remote coves and beaches to explore too, for example Mwnt in Ceredigion.
A cosy beach break is the perfect chance for you and your partner to reconnect.
A little seaside getaway in the summer months will mean you will be able to enjoy the fabulous range of water sport activities available all along the coastline. Alternatively, a winter beach break can be just as charming.
Cue fresh winter walks along the sand before returning to snuggle up together in your cosy cottage or to head out for a delicious roast in a local eatery.
Romantic locations in which we have waterside cottages which are perfect for a beach break include laid back Saundersfoot, stunning Tenby, scenic Pendine and picturesque Amroth.
If you want to take in more of the scenery between beaches you can tackle some of the coastal paths around South West Wales. The 186 miles long Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a big draw for people who want to complete a challenge. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park which includes much of the coastline has many beautiful spots for you to discover. There are also plenty of quaint fishing villages for you to explore such as Solva, Little Haven and Porthgain in the north and Saundersfoot and Tenby in the south of the county.
The Ceredigion Coast path is 60 miles/96km long and follows the spectacular and varied coastline of Cardigan Bay. The area is rich in wildlife and there are lovely, happening villages for you to explore along the way. You could pop into creative Cardigan and make your way up to Aberaeron for a well-earned, world renowned honey ice cream.
There is something for everyone along Carmarthenshire’s coastline. There are breath-taking headlands, rare sand dune pine forests, coastal commons and salt marshes. Much of it is accessible to bikes thanks to the approx. 13-mile Millennium Coastal Path which runs between Bynea in the East to Pembrey Country Park in the West.
If you’re planning a winter getaway, you can enjoy the crisp salt air, bonfires on the beach, and bundling up to enjoy long walks along the shore together.
There is nothing better than a hot sausage freshly cooked on a fire on a cold winter’s day (please check small fires are allowed on your beach of choice). Collecting driftwood and sea glass to make sculptures and gifts when you’re back in your cosy holiday cottage, is another activity you could do.
Additionally, the fantastic surf which is whipped up in the winter months along the coastline in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion is also a big draw. Gwbert and Aberarth in Ceredigion and Freshwater West, Manobier and Newgale in Pembrokeshire offer some of the best surfing in Europe. Furthermore, kite flying is another great activity when the wind is up.
Research shows that beach holidays are also good for your health as the negatively ionised sea air helps to stabilise your mood and has an antimicrobial effect.
Spending some time being active, as well as relaxing, on the beach will also help you to feel refreshed, revitalised and ready to tackle the rest of the winter.
Adventure seekers will be thrilled with the range of water sports on offer from Coasteering in Pembrokeshire to boat trips in Ceredigion and there’s plenty of surf for the experienced surfer at Freshwater West and plenty of local adventure operators offering surfing lessons at beaches such as Newgale, also popular for paddle boarders and longboarders.
Beaches are fantastic, multi-use playgrounds which is why beach breaks make perfect family holidays. They provide endless opportunities for picnics and BBQ’s, games and water sports. Whether you’re a keen surfer, like to body board, sea swim or to just paddle, you won’t be disappointed if you were to head down to the simply stunning beaches in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire or Ceredigion.
There are boat trips which take you out around the coastline and islands of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, including Tenby Harbour and enable you to get closer still to the gorgeous wildlife which calls West Wales home. Paddle boarding and kayaking are also great ways to get out on the water and up close to nature. You can hire equipment and have guided tours on a paddleboard from Good Trails at Coppet Hall beach, and the same for kayaking from Stackpole Quay.
Beaches are gorgeous, natural places where you can breathe in fresh air and unwind. Aberystwyth beach is a popular spot to do just that and you’ll often be able to spot dolphin as they feed in the bay. Romantic walks along the beach are also a great way to reconnect with your partner and are a chance to find some space. Additionally, beaches are a great place to take your dog for a walk. Lots of our holiday cottages are dog friendly and we bet your furry friend will be overjoyed at being able to splash around in the waves and have a run on the sand. Just make sure you check for any restrictions on dogs on beaches in the summer months. For an alternative activity, head to Nolton Stables or Pembrey to experience a beach ride.
There are lots of events held on the beaches within West Wales. In Carmarthenshire, the annual Hot Rod races are held on the miles and miles of golden sand at Pendine every June while the Battle on the Beach off road bike race is held annually on the award winning Cefn Sidan, Pembrey in April. You will also find beach circuit sessions being held on Tenby North beach and Barafundle-check out the National Trust website for details.
We have plenty of properties just a stone’s throw away from gorgeous beaches throughout West Wales for you to chose from. You too can have your very own perfect beach break.