When it comes to best beaches Wales has an incredible choice. From surfer waves and family-friendly coves to ones close to hiking and cycling trails you'll find a beach here for any occasion. Plus the Welsh coastline also offers plenty of glorious places to go green off-the-beaten-track.
The following information is taken from The Rough Guide to Wales your travel guide for visiting Wales.
its brutish waves and powerful Atlantic swells are not for the faint-hearted – so it’s understandable you’ll find surfers rather than swimmers here. Be warned that the path down to the beach is very steep.
There are seventy colourfully-painted wooden beach huts which add to the laidback and friendly vibe. Well behaved dogs (and owners) are also welcome. If you want to know more about the Llyn Peninsula take a look at our five eco-friendly holiday ideas in Wales.
The beach is a bit of a walk from the car park but its pristine sands and crystal clear waters really are worth the trip. Ramp up the temperature gauge a bit and you might well mistake it for the Caribbean…
You can follow the old "Roman Road" (actually built in the 1800s) for a lovely walk beside the water and stop at one of the village pubs for a bite to eat and a pint of ale.
If you need an added incentive to visit, apart from the stunning beach, St David's is also one our 8 great alternative UK city breaks.
Cars are still allowed on the beach, but today it’s the kite buggies that race up and down.
It’s fast becoming a popular surfing and kitesurfing destination (boasting waves to rival Newquay and Swansea) and is also overlooked by the world class Royal Porthcawl golf club.
Depending on the tide, and your level of fitness, you can clamber up from the bay to the atmospheric ruins of fourteenth-century Pennard Castle.
Rows of pastel hued Georgian and Victorian houses and and brightly coloured hotels spread out from the harbour and along the clifftops and fishing boats huddle behind the harbour wall.
The hidden cove of Cilborth is just to the north. It's accessible from the main sands at low tide and a lovely alternative to Llangrannog when it's too busy.
If the unspoiled beauty of its beaches appeals, you might be interested to read more about Anglesey in our guide to sustainable Wales for all types of traveller.
From the beach there are views across to Snowdonia National Park and the Llyn Peninsula, as well as a path that leads to the rocky promontory of Ynys Llanddyn (Llanddwyn Island) and its old lighthouse, which marks the western entrance to the Menai strait.
The quaint shoreline houses add to the general charm of the place and are evocative of a time when Dale was a smugglers’ village. There’s also a lovely pub overlooking the sands, The Griffin Inn, which specialises in locally sourced seafood.
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