Pembrokeshire and our Blue Flag beaches lead the way in Wales

What comes to mind when thinking about Pembrokeshire? We’re sure one of the first things you think about are the spectacular coastline and beaches waiting for you to explore, and you’ll agree that a visit to a beach has to be on your ‘to do’ list when on holiday. Pembrokeshire is full of golden beaches, hundreds of miles of coastal path, spectacular views and now a wonderful 12 Blue Flag Beaches to enjoy following the latest announcement from the Keep Wales Tidy Coast Awards. Here at Experience Môr we’re very proud that Pembrokeshire is leading the way in Wales.

The annual awards are highly prestigious and awards are only given to beaches with the highest standards in:

  • water quality
  • environmental education and management
  • safety
  • services and facilities

In addition to the well known Blue Flag Awards there is also the important Green Coast Award, this award is usually given to the hidden gems of the beach world. Beaches that reach the standards for water quality but are more rustic and natural than those more developed. A massive 12 of our beaches in Pembrokeshire were also awarded the Green Coast Award, and a number of these are our favourite places to visit (a bit more off the beaten track than the more well known beaches).

The importance of looking after the environment is central to our ethos at Experience Môr so we couldn’t be happier seeing so many beaches in Pembrokeshire reaching both these standards.

So we hear you asking, where do we find these Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches? Well here’s the list of our beaches in Pembrokeshire:

Blue Flag Beaches:

Amroth – Half a mile of sandy beach to enjoy.

Broadhaven Central – At low tide a large sandy beach which is great for the whole family.

Coppet Hall – Great new facilities at Coppet Hall with plenty of parking, or you can access it by an old tram way from Saundersfoot.

Dale – This pebble beach (with some sand) is a great place for water sports.

Lydstep – Sandy and pebbled beach, best to visit at low tide.

Newgale – 2 miles of beach, need we say more?

Poppet Sands – At the mouth of the Teifi Estuary, Poppit Sands is a sandy beach backed by dunes.

Tenby North – Sandy beach with Tenby harbour as the backdrop.

Tenby South – A great family beach with plenty of room to run around and enjoy.

Castle Beach Tenby – From here you can hop on a boat to visit Caldey Island and also get the best view of St Catherine’s Island.

Whitesands – Known as one of the best surfing beaches in the country.

Saundersfoot – A wonderful seaside resort with a pretty harbour and plenty of choice for ice cream.

Green Coast Award:

Abereiddy – A popular spot for coasteering and you must visit the famous blue lagoon while you’re here.

Barafundle – Half a mile walk from the car park this beach is well worth the walk, a taste of tropical in Pembrokeshire

Druidstone – Accessed from the coast path, with imposing cliffs on three sides.

Marloes Sands – Sandy beach with rock formations.

Priory Beach, Caldey Island – A must visit by boat from Tenby, visit the Monks which reside here and head to the beach.

Cwm yr Eglwys – A sandy beach with the end wall of a chapel as the backdrop.

Martin’s Haven – A pebble beach where you can catch a boat to Skomer Island.

West Dale – Accessed by steep steps this is where King Henry VII army landed during the battle of Bosworth.

Freshwater East – A wide sandy beach with lots of room to run around.

Manorbier – A great beach with Manorbier Castle as the backdrop.

Penally – A quieter end to the popular Tenby South Beach.

We’re sure you’ll agree, a great choice of quality beaches to visit while on holiday in Pembrokeshire, and when you are heading out and about remember to look after and protect our beaches. A few simple steps will make sure they remain beautiful places to visit year after year:

  • Take your litter home with you
  • Pick up any litter that’s left around if you can
  • Clean up after you dog

Just a few ways in which we can all help and make sure our wonderful beaches remain as award winning beaches.