Abersoch, Llŷn Peninsula

There's always a lively, family atmosphere at Abersoch. Though fairly sheltered, it's breezy enough to keep dinghy sailors on their toes. And in the August Regatta, things really hot up. Raft racing, crab catching and sandcastle-building contests bring out everyone's competitive side and there's a prize for the best-dressed beach hut, too.

Children snorkelling off beach at Abersoch Llŷn.
Children snorkelling off beach at Abersoch.

Snorkelling in Abersoch, Llŷn Peninsula, Gwynedd, North Wales

Barmouth, Snowdonia Coast

Huge and picturesque, Barmouth beach is the pride of Snowdonia. It’s very popular, but its sweeping sands are never overcrowded. Barmouth itself has been attracting holidaymakers since Victorian times. It’s a proper British seaside resort, complete with trampolines, ice creams, arcade games, donkey rides and a vintage steam railway just a short ferry ride across the estuary.

fathers and young children fishing.
children's ride with sandy beach in background,

Barmouth, North Wales

Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire

True to its name, Broad Haven North's sandy beach has acres of space for cartwheels and hopscotch. There’s also safe, shallow water for swimming, and quite a few rock pools to investigate. Here, on St Bride’s Bay, you’re right in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with several inspiring nature walks to choose from.

Aerial shot of the sands of Broadhaven beach.

A sun-dappled Broad Haven Beach, Pembrokeshire, and the surrounding countryside

Benllech, Isle of Anglesey

The small holiday town of Benllech is set on a crescent-shaped bay, with fine sand that stretches for miles. It’s easy to get to, even for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

A busy sandy beach.

Benllech, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

We’re cheating a bit here, since there’s not one fantastic beach in Tenby, but three. The Rough Guide to Wales describes this pretty little town of brightly painted houses as 'everything a seaside resort should be' and it was recently voted one of the UK’s top five beach destinations in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Buckets and spades for sale outside shop in Tenby.
Luftaufnahme von Tenby mit Blick auf den Castle Beach, im Vordergrund eine Insel und im Hintergrund die Stadt.

Seaside shops and bathing spots in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Caswell, Gower Peninsula

Like all the Gower beaches, Caswell Bay beach is blessed with good looks. The sand is fine and pale, and low, grassy-topped cliffs add a touch of drama. Just 10 minutes’ drive from the village of Mumbles, this is a great place for little ones to learn about marine life, with plenty of rock pools to explore, while bigger kids test out the surf.

young boy surfing.

Caswell Bay, Gower Peninsula, West Wales

West Dale, Pembrokeshire

West Dale Bay is mainly a pebble beach with some sand, and is a water sports paradise. This safe, attractive, east-facing bay is a brilliant place to learn to sail, windsurf or kayak, with experienced RYA instructors on hand to show open water novices the ropes. Kids aged 12 or over can even have a go at powerboating.

sandy beach on a sunny day.

West Dale Bay in Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Llangrannog, Ceredigion

There’s nothing flashy about the village of Llangrannog - it’s just a cluster of houses wedged between two headlands, with waves lapping at their toes. Boats perch on the shingle at the top of the beach, but the rest is sand. The coastal footpath leads you through clouds of wild flowers that are alive with butterflies in summer.

Aerial view of Llangrangog beach.

Crystal-clear waves lapping at Llangrannog beach, Ceredigion, Mid Wales

Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire

Cefn Sidan is eight miles long, with safe water and easy access. Young nature detectives can climb the dunes to track down grasshoppers, beetles and other mini beasts in the Marram grass. The beach is part of Pembrey Country Park, which has play areas and an equestrian centre, dry ski slope and toboggan run.

Woman and dog on Cefn Sidan beach.
sand dunes at Cefn Sidan Beach.

Taking in the views, and the sand dunes and marram grass at Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire, West Wales

Port Eynon, Gower Peninsula

Hugely popular with those staying at the campsites nearby, this is a generous sweep of south-facing sand, dunes, pebbles and rock pools framed by attractive headlands. The pleasant village of Port Eynon offers ice cream, fish and chips and other treats, and the coastal path to Rhossili is one of Gower’s loveliest.

A wide almost deserted beach with grass in the foreground and views of a headland

The glorious Port Eynon beach, Gower Peninsula, West Wales

Be safe!

The Welsh coast can be fantastic fun and provides great opportunities for adventurous activities, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.

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