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image for Beach item typeWhitesands Beach

  • Blue Flag Wales

Beach, free entry

Details

One of the most popular beaches in Pembrokeshire, Whitesands is a large west-facing expanse of sand in a magnificent setting, with views of Ramsey Island and several smaller islets. Ideal for sandcastle building, paddling and swimming, the beach is also popular with surfers, windsurfers, kayakers, divers and anglers.

Traces of a 6th century chapel to St Patrick are buried beneath the dunes behind the beach. The beach is accessible to wheelchair users. A slipway provides easy access onto the sand and there are beach friendly wheel chairs available for hire. A cafe, shop and surf hire are located behind the beach and a full range of shops, cafes and other services are available in St Davids, just under 2 miles inland. The coastline here is rich in wildlife. A variety of sea birds, seals and porpoises are often spotted close to the shore here. Whitesands is a good base for short walks along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or to the summit of nearby Carn Llidi, from where there are superb views.

Blue Flag beach. Dog restrictions apply to the entire beach May - end September. Lifeguard service provided 10:00 - 18:00 13 - 28 April 2019, weekends and Bank Holiday only 4 to 19 May, daily 25 May to 8 September, weekends only 14 September - 20 October & daily 26 October - 3 November 2019. 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

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

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

By Bus: 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.

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