Discover the Best Beaches in South Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is a coastal county in southwestern Wales which is celebrated for its beautiful beaches, being home to some of the best in Britain. South Pembrokeshire in particular is a great place to visit as you can see many amazing beaches all in one day! Each of the beaches offers something unique, from tranquil walks to surfing, these shores have it all. Don’t just take our word for it, most of these locations are award-winning, achieving the Blue Flag accolade.

Tenby South Beach

South Beach in Tenby is one of the most popular beaches in Pembrokeshire and its golden sand stretches over a mile in length. This is the beach that our hotel is closest to and you must visit it at least once during your stay. The fine, golden sand is perfect for beach games, sandcastle building, and sunbathing. This beach is often enjoyed with a delicious ice cream in your hand and the shallow waters are safe for swimming, making it an excellent choice for families with young children. For dune lovers, the beach is backed by dunes but the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park urges people to not trample the dunes, especially the smaller embryo ones as this area has experienced dune retreat over the years. 

Tenby North Beach

Tenby North Beach is arguably one of the most photographed beaches in the UK as the golden sand is backed by the colourful houses of Tenby town. From North Beach, you can also see Tenby’s famous harbour and in the middle of the beach is Gosker Rock. This is another excellent choice for families to visit and like South Beach, this is another popular beach. 

Saundersfoot Beach

Saundersfoot is a nearby village to Tenby which attracts people from all over the world during the summer months. The beach in the Saundersfoot harbour. Like Tenby’s South Beach, this is another family-friendly beach which is always very popular with tourists. This is a great place to walk, sunbathe, build sandcastles and explore rock pools. There are plenty of nearby car parks and many cafes to have lunch in the village. We recommend visiting Saundersfoot for a few hours during your stay with us.

Stackpole Quay

The Stackpole Estate, managed by the National Trust, is home to some of the most serene beaches in Pembrokeshire. Stackpole Quay is a small bay with a stony beach which is revealed at low tide. This is a popular place for kayakers and adventurers, with a national trust car park, toilets and a cafe nearby. We recommend checking the tide times if you are planning to visit Stackpole Quay. 

Barafundle Bay

Not far from Stackpole Quay is Barafundle Bay, which is often ranked among the world’s top beaches. Barafundle Bay is a secluded golden beach backed by dunes and trees. This beach can only be accessed by the coastal path so it is not for the faint-hearted but it is definitely worth a visit if you are willing to make the walk there. This location offers a sense of seclusion and untouched beauty. Its clear waters are perfect for swimming, while the soft sand is ideal for sunbathing. Please note that this secluded beach does not offer facilities like some of our other recommendations. 

Freshwater West

Freshwater West, or Fresh West, is one of the best surfing beaches on this list. Its powerful Atlantic swells create some of the best waves in Wales which attracts surfers from all over Britain to this beach. The wide, sandy beach is also perfect for long walks and exploring rock pools. Freshwater West is well known for its sand dunes and the iconic seaweed drying hut. You might recognise this beach from the cinema as it has featured in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Russel Crowe’s Robin Hood. 

West Angle Bay

Located just around the Coast from Fresh West, the bay in Angle is a horseshoe shape which reveals a large stretch of sand at low tide. We recommend checking the tide times before visiting this beach. This location allows you to appreciate the dramatic coastline of Pembrokeshire and this location is a break from the hustle of some of the more popular beaches in the summer season. There are nearby amenities like a car park and a nice cafe called the Wavecrest where you can have lunch. Nearby in the charming village, there are places like the Hibernia where you can also eat and unwind.

Conclusion

South Pembrokeshire definitely gives you the best value for money if you want to explore some of the best beaches in Britain. The beaches on our doorstep offer something for everyone, from the secluded shores of Barafundle to the bustling South Beach in Tenby. Perfect for families, adventure seekers and peaceful evening walks. Visit at least a couple of these locations during your stay at the Clarence House Hotel in Tenby. 

Are you visiting Tenby in Wales. Need accommodation? 

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The Clarence House Hotel
The Esplanade
Tenby
Pembrokeshire
Wales
SA70 7DU 

Are you visiting Tenby in Wales. Need accommodation? 

Please feel free to contact us with any queries you may have.

The Clarence House Hotel
The Esplanade
Tenby
Pembrokeshire
Wales
SA70 7DU