Wales

Beaches in Wales

There's something magical about camping holidays in Wales. With its captivating coastline and gorgeous beaches, wooded valleys and craggy mountains, there's no better place to make memories than a coastal break in Wales.

Home to award-winning Blue Flag beaches and hidden rocky coves, this beautiful corner of the world is blessed with some of the most magnificent scenery in the British Isles. But of course Wales is much more than just a pretty face. Family-friendly attractions abound here, where steam trains, soft silky sands, coastal walks and fun children's entertainment come with the territory.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has three campsites within easy reach of Wales' coastline. Perched on a peninsula in South West Wales is our St David's Club Campsite - a beautiful site with sea views and the perfect spot for walkers and nature-lovers. Further north is Cardigan Bay Club Campsite, a picturesque spot between coast and country that's a haven for wildlife, where visitors regularly report sightings of red kites, seals and dolphins.

And for the ultimate adventurers' holiday, Llanystumdwy Club Campsite is perfectly placed for exploring the Snowdonia National Park and the captivating coastline of North West Wales. Dogs are welcome too, so bring your boots and come ready to explore this treasure trove of outdoor experiences.

Find out more about our camping sites in Wales, and the best local beaches, below.


Beaches near Cardigan Bay Club Campsite, West Wales
South Wales

Blessed by stunning scenery and beautiful beaches, Cardigan Bay is the obvious choice for a beach camping holiday in Wales. Sitting pretty on the west coast, the county of Ceredigion is home to many pretty coves and long sandy beaches along Cardigan Bay, offering miles of unspoilt coastline and spectacular sights. The area is also a wildlife enthusiasts' paradise, with regular sightings of dolphins, porpoises, seals and red kites.

Around 3 miles from Cardigan Bay Campsite is Cwmtydu Beach, a small pretty cove cut deep into a lush green valley with a shingle beach and a winding estuary leading down to its shores. It's not uncommon to see grey seals in this area, so keep your eyes peeled. It's a quiet little spot owned by the National Trust with a small car park and toilets.

At New Quay you'll find a vibrant harbour town with houses, pubs and restaurants spilling down the hillside. Featuring a sheltered harbour and family-friendly beaches, New Quay is a great place to visit for a day by the seaside. Traeth y Dolau Beach is located just south of the pier, featuring a wide shelving bay and shallow waters.

Also in New Quay is the beautiful Harbour Beach, a pretty sweep of sand and shingle with a shoreline speckled with boats. Nestled between two piers, it's within easy walking distance of New Quay town centre.

Llangrannog Beach is another spectacular spot that's well worth a visit. Just over 6 miles from Cardigan Bay Campsite, this lovely stretch has two sandy beaches - the main Llangrannog Beach and a smaller cove adjoining Cilborth Beach. Getting down to sea level requires navigating steep lanes down the side of the valley, but it's well worth the effort. There's a small car park close to the beach and a well-stocked beach shop and café during the summer months, making it a lovely family-friendly beach.

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Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)

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Cwmtydu Beach
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Traeth y Dolau Beach
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New Quay Harbour Beach

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Llangranog Beach


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Cilborth Beach
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About Cardigan Bay Club Campsite

Cardigan BayA gently sloping site with glorious views across rolling countryside, our Cardigan Bay Club Campsite is a treat to wake up to.

It's a well-placed site in a quiet location close to the beaches and coves of Cardigan Bay. An hour's stroll along country lanes brings you to the hillside harbour town of New Quay, with its well-maintained beaches and excellent fish and chip shops. Or, head to the pretty little cove of Cwmtydu Beach, a 3-mile walk from the site, to enjoy a quiet shingle inlet with excellent local walks.

There's a local bus service that stops regularly less than a mile from the campsite, and a handful of facilities in the nearby village of Cross Inn. The site itself is open and picturesque, with toilets, showers, a washing up area and laundry facilities. There's a small children's play area and designated dog walks, so four-legged friends are welcome.

Cardigan is the gateway to the Teifi Valley and the Ceredigion Coastal Path, and the sweeping coastline is home to mile upon mile of unspoilt scenery, award-winning beaches and excellent walking trails. Bring your boots and come prepared to make the most of this magical corner of the British Isles.

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Beaches near St David's Club Campsite, West Wales
Whitesands beach, Wales

 A tiny city steeped in history, St David's in Pembrokeshire is a real Welsh gem. Tucked away on the St David's Peninsula with magnificent coastal scenery, this is a perfect little spot for a camping holiday near the coast.

St David's Campsite sits on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, offering a magnificent position between coast and country. Just a mile away is the lovely cove of Abereiddy and its aptly-named 'Blue Lagoon' - a pocket-sized harbour just north of the beach. There are striking slate-grey sands and pebbles on Abereiddy, and it's this same natural slate that gives the harbour its spectacular hue. It's a popular place for coasteering, with tuition and guided excursions available.

For a remote escape, try the gorgeous sands at nearby Traeth Llyfn Beach, between Porthgain and Abereiddy. Hidden away by rocky cliffs and accessible only by a steep flight of stairs, you'll probably only have yourself for company. There are no facilities, so bring as much as you can carry safely - buckets, spades, kites, picnic - and settle in for a blissful few hours by the sea.

Further south, Whitesands Beach (pictured) is an award-winning Blue Flag bay and a popular surfing spot with a small cafe, toilets and car park. It boasts a lovely ribbon of fine pale sand that sweeps towards the remote rocky headland of St David's Head. It's a popular spot for watersports enthusiasts and the soft sands make for a great family visit, too. Bear in mind that dogs aren't allowed onto the beach between May and September.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
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Abereiddy Bay (Blue Lagoon)
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Traeth Llyfn Beach


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Whitesands Beach

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About St David's Campsite

St DavidsWake up to ocean views and the unmistakable scent of the sea at St David's Club Campsite, where magnificent sunsets and stunning walks come as standard. Based on St David's Peninsula within a 10-minute drive of the tiny cathedral city, near Pembrokeshire's Heritage Coast, this beautiful spot is just the ticket for an unforgettable beach camping holiday in Wales.

The site is small and friendly with just 40 pitches, the majority of which provide sparkling sea views and a lovely outlook over the surrounding countryside. There's a small on-site shop, showers, toilets and laundry facilities.

St David's Club Campsite is located about a mile from the pretty inlet of Abereiddi and its nearby harbour, with plenty of other beautiful beaches and coves within easy reach.

Watersports and outdoor adventures such as coasteering and climbing are popular along this stretch of coastline, which is largely rocky, and offers spectacular views. You'll find plenty of local tuition and guided excursions in the area, along with some cracking day trips. Take a boat trip around the RSPB reserve at Ramsey Island and the tiny Bishops and Clerks Islands to see puffins in their natural habitat, along with the chance to spot seals and other wildlife.

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Beaches near Llanystumdwy Club Campsite, North Wales
North Wales

Just a couple of miles from Llanystumdwy Club Campsite are the Blue Flag beaches of Criccieth, based on the glorious Llŷn Peninsula. The main beach is located on the east side of Criccieth Castle and boasts a mix of sand and pebbles, while the west side, also known as Marine Beach, is more pebbly and a popular bathing area with lovely views across the bay. You'll find plenty of activities here including kayaking, sailing, fishing and rock pooling, while the village of Criccieth itself is packed with shops, independent stores, pubs and restaurants.

At low tide it's possible to walk eastwards along the beach to Black Rock Sands, also known as Morfa Bychan Beach (take note of tide times before you set off). Stretching from the National Trust's Ynys Cyngar along Tremadog Bay, this is a spectacular place - with wide, seemingly endless sands bookended by huge rocks and steep cliffs, and backed by wispy dunes.

It's possible to drive onto the sands, which makes it ideal for watersports enthusiasts laden with equipment and for families carrying picnics and seaside paraphernalia. There's a slipway, parking, toilets, a small shop, and good disabled access. Dogs aren't permitted onto the main central area of the beach but are permitted on the eastern and western ends.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Sites (minutes)
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Criccieth Beach

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Marine Beach (West Beach)

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Black Rock Sands (Morfa Bychan Beach)

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About Llanystumdwy Club Campsite

LlanystumdwyOccupying a lovely spot with gorgeous sea and rural views, Llanystumdwy Club Campsite is perfectly placed at the gateway to the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales. From here you're within easy reach of a beautiful array of beaches including Criccieth and Black Rock Sands, with many historic sights nearby.

The campsite itself is based on a large gently sloping field, bordered by trees and dry stone walls. Showers, toilets, washing up and laundry facilities are all provided on-site, and it's just a short walk into the pretty village of Llanystumdwy. Here you'll find beautiful stone buildings and cottages, riverside paths, a cafe, and a good local pub serving home-cooked food.

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