Depending on whether you prefer long busy beaches for the kids or quiet remote sands for you to escape to, the beaches of West Wales are flawless! In this blog, we focus on Pembrokeshire’s award-winning beaches…
Similar to the Australian Bondi beach, Tenby South beach is a mile and a half long, so you should be able to find some room to sit back and relax. It is also a perfect beach for the kids as from May to September there are lifeguards on duty and is also only a 5 minutes walk into the centre of Tenby. Along with the blue flag award, South beach also gained the seaside resort award in 2013. Here at FBM Holidays we have a large selection of gorgeous coastal cottages situated throughout the whole of Pembrokeshire. South Beach Court apartments are situated seconds from South beach and all have stunning views over looking Caldey Island and the long stretch of golden sand.
Another of Tenby’s great beaches is Castle Beach situated between the North and South beaches. Castle Beach is one of the smaller in Tenby and enjoys views of Caldey Island and St Catherine’s Island which is now open to the public. St Catherine’s 2, Flat 3 and Rock Terrace 4 are both situated right on Castle beach and have spectacular sea views.
Another great family beach is in Saundersfoot. A pretty harbour and stunning views makes this a must see beach when visiting Pembrokeshire. Plus an ice cream van is always in sight along the beach! Kilmore, along The Strand is a perfect place to gather the family for a cottage holiday in Pembrokeshire; this gorgeous house opens out on to Saudersfoot beach and has gorgeous sea views. Pets are even welcome at this large property. Although through the summer months, Saundersfoot beach doesn’t allow dogs. Coppet Hall which is a 2 minute walk along The Strand allows dogs all year round. There is also the new ‘Coast’ restaurant which is definitely worth a visit.
Through the summer months a few of Pembrokeshire’s most popular beaches don’t allow dogs. However, there are still some beautiful lesser known shores for your four legged friend to enjoy. Wisemans Bridge, Freshwater East and Marloes Sands are just a few of the beaches that you’ll be able to visit with your pet.
For all the passionate surfers, Freshwater West and Newgale have the best waves in the county! Described as surfers paradise, Freshwater West is a wide and sandy beach with high backed dunes. This is also the place to walk in the steps of Harry, Hermione and Ron as the Deathly Hallows was filmed on this beach. Also, the battle scene on Robin Hood took place here! Both Freshwater West and Newgale are spectacular beaches which are definitely worth a visit, especially at sunset. Globe House in Angle is only a 5 minutes drive from the gorgeous Freshwater West beach, a perfect place to chill after a day of surfing.
For the adventure seeker, Skrinkle Haven is an amazing beach. This beach can only be accessed by a flight of 140 steep steps to Church Doors cove and then through a slippery narrow cave in the limestone headland, ending at a rock pool. Once you have tackled the downward climb and slippery rocks Skrinkle Haven beach sits peacefully with golden sand and clear water. Although getting to it will be hard work, the sights are worth it!
Pembrokeshire has over 50 beaches to choose from but our favourites are undoubtedly Broad Haven South and Barafundle Bay.
Barafundle Bay can only be accessed by a half mile walk across the picturesque cliff tops but the walk is worth it! This bay has a gorgeous stretch of golden sand and crystal clear water. It has also been voted as the best beach in Britain and some compare it to the Caribbean. Stackpole is very close to Barafundle and we also have some perfect coastal cottages nearby for a relaxing holiday away from all the hustle and bustle.
Broad Haven South again is another isolated beach which can only be accessed by a mile walk. The walk is possibly one of the most beautiful in Pembrokeshire, taking you through Bosherston lily ponds. When you get to the beach you will find huge open sandy space, perfect for kids or to while away the hours buried in a book. Coastguard House is a lovely, cosy cottage to stop for a short break while you explore this stunning part of Pembrokeshire.