Pembrokeshire offers so many diverse and beautiful beaches; you will find yourself spoilt for choice. Swallow Tree Bay, a small cove, is just a short woodland walk away, while the main beach at Saundersfoot holds the prestigious European Blue Flag award for excellent water quality and is both lifeguarded and dog free during the summer months.
With over 50 beaches to choose from, Pembrokeshire offers everything you could need in a beach. There is an excellent beach guide to be found on the Visit Pembrokeshire website. Listed below are the beaches we have hand picked as our favourites:
Monkstone – Situated just over a mile from the Park, Monkstone is a superb beach, and a firm family favourite. Accessed on foot via the coast path or down a steep but well maintained path from nearby Trevayne Farm, the lack of vehicle access means this beach is never crowded; even at the height of summer it’s not unusual to have the beach to yourself. It offers a huge area of sand at low tide, excellent rockpools and lots of driftwood for beach barbecues. Perfect for rockpooling, beach games and campfire lunches.
Swallow Tree – As local as you can get, this beach is less than 100m from the Park, accessed by a well maintained footpath. The beach itself offers a large sand beach through most of the tide, with Saundersfoot a ten minute stroll away. With plenty of rockpools and the comfort of being so close to your holiday unit, it makes for an excellent day out for the family.
The Glen Beach – Situated between the Park and Saundersfoot, the Glen is accessed either on foot or by parking within a minutes’ walk. With easy access to Saundersfoot and with plenty of beach space and rockpools, this is a fantastic beach for children. Timing it right as the tide comes in allows you a very special opportunity to have one of the coves for yourself with easy access off the beach back to the car park…simply stunning on a summer’s afternoon.
Barafundle – Although becoming more and more famous, this beach maintains its feeling of, well, ‘wowness’ – it’s always the first word you say when you see it! Access is from the National Trust car park at Stackpole Quay, a 30 minute drive away. The Quay itself is a lovely location with a superb café offering locally sourced food. Access to the beach is on foot via a half-mile walk along the Coast Path, worth every step once you arrive at the main beach; soft sand, stunning views and a gentle sloping beach combine to make this one of the best beaches in the area. Top it all off with a meal at the superb Stackpole Inn and this will be a day to live long in the memory.