Situated roughly 3 miles from the quaint city of St Davids is the reputable Whitesands Beach, and as the name suggests it quite simply is a long strip of pure gold sand backed by low dunes and clay cliffs. Alternatively, it is also known as Porthmawr, which translates in Welsh for Big Harbour.
The bay is popular for good reason, not only is it one of the most scenic beaches in Pembrokeshire it is also regarded as one of the finest surfing beaches in the country. Surf-able at all stages of the tide it’s very unlikely you’ll never not spot a surfer paddling out the back competing for the best wave. With this in mind, there are activities to be enjoyed by everyone whether its: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, coasteering or kite surfing all can be tried and tested right here in the bay!
And if all this space wasn’t enough, next door to Whitesands is a small sheltered beach known as Porth Lleuog. Accessible by the coastal path but also by a cave which runs through the headland and is passible at very low tide.
If you more of a sit back and relax kind of person then you’re also in the perfect spot. The scenery from the bay is simply stunning. The cliffs are adorned in a mix of colourful flora and fauna all year round and the wildlife is is also absorbing, with many kinds of birds flying low and sea life to discover in the rock-pools. Not only that, from the beach you look out towards Ramsey Island and several other smaller islets and there’s no better viewpoint from which to admire the scenery than the top of the rocky peak of Carn Llidi.
Popular with everyone, the bay has seasonal RNLI lifeguard cover between May and September, along with dog restrictions during the same period. With so much to explore and enjoy be sure to plan your trip according to tidal times to ensure you’ve got plenty of beach to play on and as not to get cut off by the tide!
The “Coaster” bus travels back and forth during the summer months
Lifeguard Patrol (Seasonal)
Today Whitesands is a haven for local families and visiting families, local adventures and visiting adventures. Whether you’re there to relax or be active the bay and it’s surrounding area has something to offer everyone. So get out and go enjoy it!