North Pembrokeshire, Whitesands Bay, or Porthmawr (Big Harbour) in Wales, is a wide expanse of fine white sand with Blue Flag status. The sand curves north towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head. This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and therefore very popular. The surf ‘break’ is at the northern end and on busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves. At this end, there’s a rocky promontory to climb on. At the quieter south end, there are some nicely sheltered bays.
How to get there:
Nearest postcode: SA62 6PS
Toilets, cafe. Lifeguards patrol between end of May and the beginning of September. Slipway.
When the surf’s up, the rip tends to drag you towards the rocks so something to be aware of, but you can also use this to your advantage by getting ‘out the back’ quicker on bigger days if you’re experienced.
Ins and Outs:
On the beach.
Well used by surfers but great for kayaking manned by RNLI lifeguards.