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Pembrokeshire’s Blue Flag beaches

19th May 2018

One of Pembrokeshire’s best assets is the exceptional number of beautiful beaches that the county has to offer.

11 of our beaches have received the accolade of a Blue Flag award, here are those beaches deemed to be the cream of the crop when it comes to high environmental and quality standards – many of which are just a short distance from Celtic Haven Resort.

Lydstep Haven

Yards from the resort, we are delighted that Lydstep beach has been named among the best beaches in the county – there is a small activity centre offering jet ski and kayak hire and you can also explore the beautiful Lydstep caverns if you catch the tide at the right time.

A ten minute walk from the resort, visiting this beautiful little cove is a must do when you next visit our resort!


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Coppet Hall

The beach’s rare position on the eastern coast of the county means that it is often sheltered from the worst of the Atlantic winds, making it the ideal spot for some recreational activities.

You can also hit the waves with Goodtrails Stand-up Paddleboarding who call Coppet Hall home.

If you want to go check it out then Coppet Hall is just 20 minutes drive from the resort.

Tenby North

One of the most photographed views in Wales with the harbour at the western end, this is a superb sheltered and sandy beach with the pinnacle of Goskar rock sticking out of the sand in the middle.

Enclosed and east facing, the fact this ever-popular sun trap has received blue flag verification is testament to the hard-work done by its cleaners, guards and visitors to keeping it clean and tidy!

Tenby is a 20 minute drive from the resort and a visit to one of its beautiful beaches is a must do if you’re planning a day trip.


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Tenby South

A mile and a half long dune backed beach that’s the perfect playground for adults and kids alike.

There’s plenty of space at the Tenby end for families or continue eastwards for more adrenaline-filled beach activities including kite surfing and surfing.

There’s acres of beach at low tide but still plenty of room at high tide, on a beautiful day you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Tenby Castle

Perhaps not as well known as the town’s other beaches, this superb, sandy, cliff backed beach can disappear altogether at high tide but is very interesting at low tide.

Access to the beach is possible via the harbour or down a steep flight of steps off the Paragon.

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Small but extremely popular, Saundersfoot beach is the perfect compliment to the beautiful little village sat alongside it.

A strip of golden sand that involves a small scramble over some pebble, this beach is just 15 minutes from the resort and perfect for a stroll if you’re planning on exploring Saundersfoot beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants.

Amroth Beach

Amroth is a half mile long, flat, sandy beach at low tide that is perfect for all sorts of beach games.

Rockpools can be found at the western end and there are groynes at the top of the beach.

The name is Welsh and believed to derive from “On Rhath”, the name of a nearby brook.

Dependent on the time of day, the journey is a 25-30 minute drive from the resort, is proudly dog friendly and situated in a picturesque little town.

Poppit Sands

Heading into the beaches of north Pembrokeshire, Poppit Sands is a dispersed settlement which lies on the southern side of the estuary of the River Teifi.

The beaches of the north of the county are a different proposition to the ones nearer to the resort, often more rugged and windswept than their south coast counterparts.

Possibly the longest journey that you can make from Lydstep whilst remaining in Pembrokeshire, the trek to Poppit Sands is a full hour and ten from the resort – if you were planning on braving the journey!


A short haul journey relative to the other north Pembrokeshire beaches, Newgale is a ‘mere’ 50 minute from the resort.

A long, often windswept stretch of beach, Newgale is both dog and activity friendly as its vastness allows plenty of space for its visitors to enjoy.

The hill down to the beach delivers stunning photo opportunities whilst both ends of the beaches offer lovely cafes to provide sustenance following a stroll down the sands or day riding the waves.

For those with mobility difficulties, it is important to note that there is a sizable mound of pebbles to summit in order to get to the beach itself.


This beach is a small stretch of sand in an east facing inlet that is predominantly utilised for sailing and other watersports due to its sheltered position.

Visiting Dale is definitely a day trip if you do consider it, with the village 45 minutes away and near to such other beautiful locations as St Ishmaels, Marloes and St Brides.

Whitesands beach

Last but not least – Whitesands is a breathtaking location on one of the most westerly positions in Pembrokeshire, making it a one hour ten minute car journey from the resort.

A vast beach perfect for surfing, Whitesands is a short journey from the quaint City of St David’s, the smallest city in the entirety of Britain.

Legend has it that St. Patrick had his vision to convert Ireland to Christianity here and set sail from the bay in the fifth century, showing the historical significance of this spot.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to the newly appointed Blue Flag beaches of Pembrokeshire and that you’re inspired to go and explore some of these amazing beaches on your next visit to the county!

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