Hidden Beach Gems: The West Coast of Wales
Wales best-kept secret beaches
Here you are provided with a list of the most beautiful beaches in Wales:
With Covid-19 restrictions finally relaxing, more people are beginning to travel again. People have had two years to plan and dream up exotic vacations all around the world. For some people, the sheer act of daydreaming about a European beach got us through. Now that there is an opportunity to travel again, we couldn’t be more excited. It’s time for those daydreams to become a reality.
Wales has a rich history of beautiful landscapes, architecture, and culture. There are many ways to go about seeing Wales, but if you want an immersive experience, you’re suggested to rent a camper van and see it yourself. What better way to get out of the same old hotel rooms and be able to stop and stay wherever you want? Hear about a local gem while driving around? Now you can get to it when you want. What better way to get a first-hand look at what you want and not some arbitrary vacation planned for the masses? You’re unique and enjoy a fantastic experience, one of a kind.
1. Llangrannog Beach
Boasting a little bit of everything, coast, cliffs, sand, and a stream, Llangrannog Beach is a must-see when traveling to Wales. Snuggled into the West Coast and surrounded by several more beaches, Llangrannog beach is a hidden gem. While driving down the West Coast allows you to stop at several beautiful beaches and save time for this one. When you think of Wales beaches and envision a gorgeous white sand beach stretching on and stunning scenery on either side of the beach, this is that beach.
Pro Tip: Make sure to pay for parking ASAP when you get there to avoid a hefty fine when you get home.
2. Tresaith Beach
Only 4.2 miles from Llangrannog Beach is Tresaith Beach. Best known for its multitude of tide pools and waterfall. Tresaith Beach is another on the top list of beaches not to miss on your trip to Wales. You can enjoy a stunning walk along the coast and onto a secluded coastal pathway for a lovely walk to Aberporth beach. Along the walk, you can see coastal sea life at its best. Seals, dolphins, and maybe even a skua or two.
Pro Tip: Park at the top of the stairs; there is an honesty box for parking donations. There are several stairs to get down to the beach.
3. Aberporth Beach
Within walking distance from Tresaith beach is Aberporth beach. With a selection of 2 different beaches at this spot, one being dog friendly. Have a day relaxing and resting on the beach! Watch the stunning sunsets and dip in the water if you’re up to it. Access to a few chip shops are close and offer a beautiful way to spend the day. Tons of sand make it a perfect spot for building a massive sandcastle without worrying that it will be swept away. The beach is clean, with access to accessible toilets.
Pro Tip: It is a fair distance from where you are parking, so be sure you’re ready for a bit of a jaunt.
4. Mwnt Beach
A haven for the day in Cardigan. Mwnt beach is picturesque, quiet, stunning, and a perfect way to spend the day. Nestled into a cove, the beach may not be overly large but lends to stunning and picturesque coastline views. Also available is a 14th-century chapel at the top of the hill still in photographs. From the top of chapel mountain, you will likely see dolphins and porpoises jumping in the waves. Watch as they follow small yachts and sailboats and laugh at their antics. The beach is down several stone stairs that aren’t wheelchair accessible, and toilets are available here.
Pro Tip: Parking is at the top of the hill. Free parking for National Trust members.
5. Poppits Sand Beach
An easily accessible beach for all located in the small town of Cardigan. Parking is right next to the beach makes this an accessible location to get to if you’re having trouble with mobility but want to see a beautiful beach. Close to some local shops and an ice cream shop, Poppits Sand beach lends itself to a relaxing day in the sand for anyone. The clear, cool water that is shallow also lends itself to those wanting to take a quick dip into slightly warmer waters. The ease of access is great for those wanting to paddle board. There is also an ability to see some tide pools depending on the time of day to keep the little ones entertained.
Pro Tip: The beach can get windy sometimes, so take shelter by the trees.
6. Newport Beach
One of the most affordable beaches to park at (1/hour), Newport beach, is a 30-minute drive from Poppit Sand Beach. A dog-friendly beach allows dogs to run free as they run up and down the surf. With access to a small river that is a perfect spot for little hands to play, Newport beach is one of the best family-friendly beaches. A quiet beach with less traffic than the others is a must-go for dog lovers as there are usually more dogs than people here.
How do you choose?
The best part about all these beaches on the West Coast of Wales? They are all within an hour of each other. You could decide to drive to one and walk to see a few of the others, or you could try to see all six in a day to compare them. Several little shops at each beach have fantastic fish and chips that must be tested to understand their deliciousness truly. Why not plan your trip now to see how many of Wales’s beaches you could see in a day? Bring a few dollars, your bathing suit, and some towels for a one-of-a-kind day at a beach in Wales.
Wondering about the easiest and most comfortable way to see the beaches?
Try renting a camper van for a luxury hotel room feel, but on wheels. Have more freedom to go where you want, and being able to change your plans at a moment’s notice. There is nothing quite like seeing the countryside and driving it yourself. So what’s stopping you?