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Tenby Beaches

Whether you visit Tenby in search of clean, sandy beaches or rocky coves, the coast around the town is a varied and interesting place to relax or explore. Starting with the pristine South Beach just a brief walk from Penally Abbey, we have some of the best-loved beaches in Pembrokeshire. But then again, there are also more secluded spots, some great coastal walks and even a few underrated places to go surfing or sea fishing.

This month, our blog covers the four main beaches around Tenby, including details of nearby facilities and recommended activities. One of the best things about having such a large choice of Tenby beaches means you will always find a sheltered spot, no matter what direction the wind is coming from. Equally important though, we have also listed which locations have lifeguards, along with dog friendly beaches and seasonal restrictions. One thing to note for all of our beach locations, however, is to watch out for the tides. Areas such as North Beach and Castle Beach can fill with water rapidly as the tide comes in, so do check tide times carefully and plan your timings.

North Beach

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Located between Harbour Beach and the North Cliffs, this is one of Tenby’s most popular beaches. With huge, open expanses of golden sand at low tide, there is certainly plenty of space. Just as well, because it can be a popular spot in the holiday season (and also the brave souls who take part in the Tenby Boxing Day Swim). An ideal place for a family picnic, you’ll find access from the harbour, or from steps at the walled “cliff” side. Look out for the prominent Goskar Rock, a local landmark, not to mention stirring views out towards Carmarthern Bay. With plenty of shallow, sheltered water this is also an ideal place to have a paddle.

Ideal For: Beach games, swimming, families
Facilities: toilets, café and surf hire very nearby
Dogs Allowed? Only in the winter (1st October to 30th April)
Life Guard? Yes, from 10:00-18:00 in summer (May to Sept).

Harbour Beach

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One of Tenby’s most iconic spots, countless photographers and artists have fallen in love with this location at first sight. Tenby’s smallest beach which at low tide, you’ll find a plethora of colourful local boats and a real warren of hidden heritage, such as the Fishermen’s Chapel and several remnants from the Victorian era. This is also the spot to book your place on local sea fishing trips, wildlife cruises or to set sail for Caldey Island. Should you be a confirmed landlubber, you can also sea fishing on a rising tide at Tenby Harbour. Perhaps the most notable residents are mullet, that are tricky to catch but grow to over six pounds here.

Ideal For: Photography, local history, boat trips
Facilities: Tour and charter boats,
Dogs Allowed? Only in the winter (1st October to 30th April)
Life Guard? No.

Castle Beach:

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This beach, as the name suggests, lies on the south side of castle hill, forming a cove, along with clean sands that stretch right out to St.Catherine’s Island at low tide. It is easily reached via the harbour slipway and is a great place to explore. As the tide runs out, you will find lots of craggy features and rock pools to explore, bursting with life. As the tide rushes in, it can also be worth trying a spot of shore fishing, with school bass, mackerel and flat fish among common catches. The beautiful castle beach is also home to the Caldey Island boats that run frequently throughout the day over to the island. Be aware that the boats only run in fair weather so when the rain pours they abandon ship.

Ideal For: Rock-pooling, sea fishing, surfing
Facilities: Caldey Island, nearby toilets and deckchair hire
Dogs Allowed? Only in the winter (1st October to 30th April)
Life Guard? Yes, from 10:00-18:00 in summer (May to Sept)

South Beach

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Stretching over two miles, this is the beach for those who fancy more space. It’s a great place to stretch your legs- and it is also possible to follow this beach from Penally to Tenby. South Beach is also one of the few dog friendly beaches in Tenby and the surrounding area, although you must keep your pet on a lead.

For those who want some space to stretch their legs and a wilder side of Tenby, South Beach is excellent- and in fact you could walk right to the southern end to find Giltar Point and embark on a beautiful cliff top walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. South Beach is only a 15 minute stroll from the hotel across the golf course and sand dunes and at low tide its golden sands can be seen from the hotels bedrooms and terrace. We are exceedingly lucky to have this, quite literally, on our doorstep.

Ideal For: Dog owners, nature walks
Facilities: Car park, bar and refreshments
Dogs Allowed? Yes, but must be kept on leads at all times.
Life Guard? Yes, from 10:00-18:00 in summer (May to Sept).

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