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Beach, free entry

Whitesands bay

Whitesands bay

Whitesands bay

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Whitesands Bay is a wide sandy beach in St Brides Bay, Pembrokeshire; it is located about two miles west of St. David's and about one mile south of St David's Head.This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and therefore very popular. The surf ‘break’ is at the northern end and on busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves.

The area to the north east of the bay is dominated by a large rocky outcrop. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes alongside the bay, giving access in the north to the secluded bays of Porthlleuog and Porthmelgan, which are only accessible on foot, and the rugged coastal scenery of St David's Head. To the south, the coastal path leads to Porthselau and St. Justinian's, with views across the Ramsey Sound to Ramsey Island. There are a number of megalithic burial chambers, stone hut circles and British Iron Age field systems and enclosures to be seen in the vicinity of Carn Llidi and St David's Head.

Blue Flag and Seaside Award beach. Dog restrictions apply to the entire beach between May and end September. Lifeguard service provided 10:00 - 18:00 8 to 23 April 2017, weekends and Bank Holiday only 29 April to 21 May, daily 27 May to 3 September, weekends only 9 September to 1 October & daily 28 October to 5 November. Toilets, café and slipway; other facilities at St David’s.

Parking for 60 cars above the beach. Parking can be a problem during the height of summer, but the Celtic Coaster shuttle bus (summer only) from The Oriel y Parc car park on the edge of St David’s can take you to Whitesands.

Disabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Toilets, cafe. Lifeguards patrol between end of May and the beginning of September.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Events at this Venue

Contact

St David's Information Centre

Address

St David's,
Pembrokeshire,
SA62 6PS

Location

Directions

Plan route to Whitesands Beach using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SM 732271  Lat: 51.89636 Long: -5.29768

Leaving St David’s on the A487 towards Fishguard, turn left where signed for Whitesands.

Parking for 60 cars above the beach and can be a problem during the height of summer. Cost of parking is £5.00.

By Bus: the Celtic Coaster shuttle bus (summer only) from the Oriel y Parc car park on the edge of St Davids can take you to Whitesands.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 17 miles from Fishguard & Goodwick station

Facilities

  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets

Toilets, cafe. Lifeguards patrol between end of May and the beginning of September.