Pembrokeshire is blessed with some of the finest beaches in Great Britain, there are acres upon acres of golden sands, lined by cliffs or sand dunes, and there are over fifty to choose from. These fantastic beaches are now protected by National Park Status and the beaches boast some of the cleanest waters in the United Kingdom. There have been many awards levied at Pembrokeshire’s beaches including, eleven blue flags, twelve green coasts, and twenty one rural seaside’s awards. It all adds up to the beaches of Pembrokeshire being the very best in Wales.

Broad Haven

A huge expanse of sand is exposed when there is high tide, making Broad Haven a magnet for bathers and tourists. The dramatic cliffs at both end of the beach provide numerous sheltered bays and when it is low tide it is possible to walk around the headland to the bay called The Settlands. The village of Broad Haven is enchanting, with a general store, a restaurant, three pubs, and great tourist shops that sell almost anything, water-sports equipment and gear is also available for hire. Broad Haven has some great Bed & Breakfast accommodation for visitors, that range from farmhouses to pubs.

Little Haven

Little Haven is a great place if you love boating as it has its own slipway, the beach is small and really only a rocky inlet. But it is its seclusion that Little Haven is famous for. To get to Little Haven you have to clamber down the cliffs, but from Little Haven you can gain access to a wonderful pebble beach called The Sheep Wash. Little Haven is great if you adore rock-pools as there are many to explore, here you may expect to see starfish and crabs. There is one concern with Little Haven that you must pay attention to the tide times, as it is possible to get cut off.

Coppet Hall Beach

Coppet Hall beach offers a wide area of sand which is great to relax and for most beach activities. There is an enchanting tramway which runs along the headland above Coppet Hall which has two entrances, to the east is Wiseman’s Bridge and to the west is Saundersfoot. Dog lovers please observe the ban from May to September, this privately-owned beach realizes that there are many tourists during the summer so restricts dogs during this period. Again, visitors must pay attention to tide times as there can be a possibility of being cut off by the incoming tide.


Just outside Tenby, Saundersfoot beach is a delight. Fairly small but a very popular beach due to its lovely sand, and which at low tide is expansive. Saundersfoot beach is overlooked by a charming and most pretty harbor and the whole beach is protected from the elements by the large hill behind. Saundersfoot has a regular event which is the World Cawl cooking championships, which draws culinary tourists from all over Britain and beyond. The beaches of Pembrokeshire are varied and many, this whole coastal area is blessed with some fantastic natural areas to relax and enjoy. In part two we look at even more beaches to explore in Pembrokeshire.