5 of the Best Beaches Near St Davids
The Pembrokeshire Coast boasts some of the best beaches in the UK. With over 50 beaches dotted around the rugged coastline and a clutch of Blue Flag, Green Coast and Seaside Awards, you won’t find a better place for a holiday by the sea. From isolated coves nestled between towering cliffs, to swathes of golden sands that stretch for miles, there’s something for everyone. So, if you’re looking forward to spending lazy days relaxing on golden sands this summer, here a few of our favourite beaches in north Pembrokeshire!
- Traethllyfn Beach
Tucked away between the quaint coastal villages of Porthgain and Abereiddy on the rocky shores of Cardigan Bay, Traethllyfn Beach is a hidden gem. Sheltered from the cooler winds, this small westerly-facing beach is somewhat hard to get to but definitely worth the effort! Accessible only via the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and a steep flight of metal steps, you’ll never be fighting for space with crowds of other beachgoers. In fact, you’re more likely to have the entire beach to yourself. Although the water might look tempting, the strong rips off the coast of Traethllyfn mean swimming isn’t a sensible option but it’s a lovely place to do a spot of dolphin-watching, peer into rockpools or build a sandcastle or two.
- Porthmelgan Beach
At the tip of St Davids Head, in the shadow of the magnificent Carn Llidi, lies the sheltered cove of Porthmelgan. Quieter and more laid-back than its close neighbour Whitesands Beach, Porthmelgan is a favourite with those looking to soak up the sun in relative tranquillity. With rock pools, and a small stream crossing the golden sands, it’s a nice place to spend a few hours exploring with the children or enjoying a paddle in the clear waters. This secluded inlet tends to be less windy than the larger, more exposed beaches, so if a seaside picnic is your idea of heaven, Porthmelgan might give you the best chance of enjoying a sand-free sandwich!
- Whitesands Beach
Just to the south of Porthmelgan is Whitesands Beach, a Blue Flag Award winner which is regarded as one of the best surfing beaches in the UK . Its popularity with water sports enthusiasts means it can be quite busy in the summer months as surfers, body boarders and kayakers come to try their luck on the waves that crash into the northern end of the shore. If flinging yourself into surging surf isn’t your idea of beach fun, the southern, more sheltered end of Whitesands has calmer waters where you can take a more relaxing dip. With beachside amenities and lifeguards watching the waters during the high season, this is a family-friendly beach that has plenty on offer.
A short walk from Warpool Court Hotel you’ll find the charming, craggy cove of Caerfai. Popular with walkers and rock climbers, its south facing aspect also makes it a top spot for sun-seekers looking to top up their tans. On a calm day, you can cool off in the water in relative safety but there are strong currents in this area, so if you’re not a good swimmer or the sea is choppy, staying on dry land is a safer bet. Much like other remote beaches in Pembrokeshire, there aren’t any facilities here, so you need to come prepared with enough food and drink to keep you going.
A few miles further south lies Newgale, one of Pembrokeshire’s most impressive Blue Flag beaches. Stretching for 2 miles along the spectacular coast of St Brides Bay, this popular beach is a firm favourite with both locals and holidaymakers. With plenty of space to park your beach towel, clean, lifeguarded waters, plenty of amenities and the opportunity to try have a go at boating, kitesurfing or paddle-boarding, you’ll never get bored on Newgale beach. You can even canter through the surf on horseback courtesy of a local riding stable - definitely an experience not to be missed during your holiday in Pembrokeshire!
Relax in a Luxury Hotel on the Pembrokeshire Coast
With so many lovely beaches in the area around Warpool Court Hotel and St Davids, we’re spoiled for choice! There are plenty more to discover while you’re staying with us here in north Pembrokeshire and we’re always happy to point our guests in the right direction. To book a luxury room or to reserve our lovely self catering Garden Cottage, get in touch online or give us a call on 01437 720300.
Newgale and Whitesands beach are subject to dog restrictions between May and September.
Safety first! We’d like you to stay safe on your holiday in Pembrokeshire, so whenever you’re taking a trip to the beach make sure you’re aware of the latest beach safety advice and always check the tide tables before you go.