Situated to the west of the village city of St Davids, with its 12th century Cathedral, “Whitesands” enjoys a quiet location adjacent to the sea and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The Pembrokeshire Coast has some of Britain’s most spectacular coastal scenery and there are also some of the safest and cleanest beaches in Europe, which are ideal for tiny children and also for a wide variety of watersports including sailing, surfing, windsurfing and sea angling.
Less than a mile away is the beautiful sandy beach of Caerfai, one of the four best beaches in the British Isles (Holiday Which). It is very safe for small children and toddlers with shallow rock pools for paddling and shrimping.
The large sandy beach of Whitesands is a few hundred yards distant and reached by footpath. This has golden sands at all stages of the tide, with easy access for pushchairs from the adjacent car park. Whitesands is an EEC standard Blue Flag Beach free from contamination and manned by lifeguards.
Enjoy a quiet picnic and swim at the sheltered sandy beaches of Traethllyfin, Porthlysgi, Porthselau, Porth-melgan or Caerbwdi, accessible only on foot. The large sandy beach of Newgale with three car parks is only a few miles away. The quaint coves of Abercastle, Aberbach and Abermawr to the north have rock pools and sandy beaches.
The tiny picturesque Porthclais harbour, beloved by children for “crabbing”, has a slipway for launching small boats and has a boat park. At Porthstinian, a short walk on the coastpath there is the famous lifeboat station first operational in 1869. In 2016 a new lifeboat station was carved out of the cliff face in a 10 million pounds engineering project to house the new 2.7 million pounds Tamar Class Norah Wortley. The new lifeboat was too large to fit in the old station. The old Garside lifeboat was launched 343 times to emergencies in its 28 years service and saved 79 lives and rescued 35 people.
Boat and fishing trips to the offshore islands are organised by local fishermen from Porthstinian.