Freshwater East Beach – this is the closest beach, being just ½ mile away. This sandy beach can be reached by foot, and there are some winding paths through the burrows down onto the beach as an alternative to the main footpath on the road, although which ever route you take there is quite a steep hill to climb when returning to Portclew.
An easier option is to take the car down to the car park at the bottom of the hill with a flat walk onto the beach. Swimming here is relatively safe and there are some nice rock pools to play in. There are public toilets at the beach.
Barafundle Bay – this is one of the most renowned beaches in the area for its natural beauty. It can be reached by parking your car at Stackpole Quay (which is approx. 2 miles away) and walking the next ½ mile along the headland. This can also be reached by walking the coastal footpath.
There are quite a number of steps to climb down and no toilet facilities near the beach. Where you park your car you will find The Boathouse Tea Rooms, which serve excellent food and also public toilets.
Broadhaven South – this beach is my absolute favourite and can be found near the village of Bosherston. There is a car park in the village, which also has an excellent Tea Rooms (Ye Olde World Café) and also St. Govans Inn which serves good food. This car park is alongside the lily ponds which is a lovely place to visit. By walking around the lily ponds you can reach the far side of Broadhaven beach.
Alternatively if you travel through the village on another mile there is a car park, with public toilets, and a number of steps down to the beach. The tide here has some lively breakers and great fun for playing and body boarding in.
Freshwater West – this is quite a long beach with plenty of hard sand for playing ball games and soft sand dunes also. The tide here is quite strong and not altogether safe for bathing, although is very popular for surfing and there are often National competitions held here. There are public toilets and usually a mobile snack bar.
West Angle Bay – this small bay is most convenient for families as the car park is right next to the beach and the access is particularly easy. The sea is relatively safe to swim in and there are plenty of rock pools to play in. There is a mixture of soft and hard sand and this beach is suitable for ball games and kite flying. There is a café/shop on site and also public toilets. In the village of Angle you will find two local pubs The Hibernia and The Point House, each serving excellent food.
Manorbier – this small bay is very rugged and has plenty of rock pools to play in. The sea is popular with surfers as the waves tend to be quite big. There is a car park and toilets alongside the beach. Manorbier Castle stands up on the hill overlooking the bay and is a very pretty small Castle which is open from Easter to the end of September. There are several places to eat in the village.
Tenby – there are three main beaches in Tenby. The South Beach, which is found along The Esplanade, is the biggest beach with plenty of space to spread out. Castle Beach is a small popular beach found near the harbour, where fishing trips are on offer. From the Castle beach you can take a boat trip to Caldey Island where a group Cistercian Monks live. The North Beach runs along the main shopping area of Tenby and has mainly hard sand. All beaches are safe for swimming. Being situate right within the town of Tenby there are plenty of places to eat with extremely good restaurants and ice-cream parlours.
Saundersfoot – this village boasts a lively harbour, from where you can take fishing trips. The beach is easily accessible and is surrounded by good eating places.
Both Tenby and Saundersfoot can get a little crowded in the height of the season.