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Beautiful, Award-Winning, Sandy Beaches… in Abundance!

Pembrokeshire is a fantastic place to holiday if you love sandy beaches. There is a wealth of enviable, blue flag award-winning beaches all up and down this coastline, which National Geographic said is second in the world only to New Zealand. So bring your buckets and spades!

We've listed a few below, but take a look at the beach guide for more and remember to keep an eye on tide times, for Cardigan Bay or elsewhere



This sheltered cove is owned by the National Trust. Although off the beaten track, it is one of the best known and most beautiful beaches in West Wales, so it is very popular and does get busy in peak season.

There are steep steps leading to the beach so it's not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. There is however a refreshment booth which is accessible. 

Drive time from Trenewydd: 19 minutes

Address: Mwnt, SA43 1QH


This lovely village has two sandy sheltered beaches, with rock pools at low tide. There is a small car park near beach, and in the village and a coastguard from mid July to the end of August. 

If you are feeling energetic, try the circular walk to Tresaith for a great vantage point to look for dolphins in Cardigan Bay. Or head further along the coast to Penbryn.

Drive time from Trenewydd: 17 minutes

Address: Aberporth

Poppit Sands

Blue Flag awarded Poppit Sands sits at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary. This wonderful, sandy beach has plenty of sand, even at high tide. 

Situated at the start of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Poppit is dog friendly, but check the restrictions before you go. ​There is a car park and café, and lifeguards from the end of June to early September.

Drive time from Trenewydd: 12 minutes

Address: Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, SA43 3LR 


Famed for some of the best views in Wales, images of Cardigan Bay are often taken here. It's a fantastic beach for families, popular with surfers. 

There are plenty of cafes and pus, as well as a beach cafe for ice creams. A circular walk follows the headland of Ynys Lochtyn and the Coast Path comes into the village from Penbryn by dropping down right to the beach. 

Drive time from Trenewydd: 30 minutes

Address: Llandysul, SA44 6SN


This charming resort is named for the River Saith which cascades down the cliffs on to the sandy beach below. Gwalia Falls was created by a glacier blocking the River Saith.

A great spot for families, it's a Blue Flag beach with a shop, cafe, and the Ship Inn pub, right next to the beach. There are plenty of rock pools for children to explore, and it is very popular for a range of water sports.

Drive time from Trenewydd: 21 minutes

Address: Tresaith, Cardigan, SA43 2JL

Newport Sands

A firm favourite, you can drive on to this beach and have a BBQ. Perfect for later in the afternoon, when you can often have the beach to yourselves.


Sand dunes are great fun to play in, and it's dog friendly all year round. At low tide, you can wade across to Newport Parrog, but keep an eye on those tide times to ensure you don't get caught out.

Drive time from Trenewydd: 20 minutes

Address: Golf Course Road, Newport, SA42 0NR


The golden sands of Penbryn stretch for nearly a mile, so no wonder it's known as the 'hidden gem' of Ceredigion.

A National Trust beach, dog-friendly from September to May, the car park is around 800m from the beach but with a drop off by the beach.

There is a lovely little cafe in the car park with a nice selection of cakes and drinks.

Drive time from Trenewydd: 25 minutes

Address: Llandysul, SA44 6QN

Ceibwr Bay

One of the nearest beaches, this small inlet and pebble cove is more for walkers and nature than swimming. You can walk some of the best sections of the Coastal Path from here, and head up to the famous Witches Cauldron.

A National Trust site of scientific interest, it's a good spot to look for Grey Seals basking on the rocks. Dogs welcome all year round.

Drive time from Trenewydd: 13 minutes

Address: Ceibwr Bay, Cardigan

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