All children love the beach and Wales has over 100 to choose from! There are award winning beaches (40 blue flag winners – 2019) all along the coastline & Wales is small enough that you are never that far away from the sea. There are 50 islands & lots of lovely family friendly walks along the beautiful coastline. Whether your children love building sandcastles, rock pooling, paddling or simply scoffing ice cream there will be a perfect beach for your family. All the beaches in our family friendly list are easy to reach with essential facilities close by;
- Aberdyfi (Aberdovey), Snowdonia
Aberdyfi is one of Snowdonia’s most attractive villages. The beach, of perfect sand, stretches for miles from Aberdyfi to the nearby town of Tywyn. This family friendly beach is suitable for sandcastle building, kite flying, walking, boat trips (from the Harbour) and crabbing from the jetty.
- Aberscoch, Llyn Peninsula
Abersoch is one of the most popular beaches on the Llyn peninsula. What makes it family friendly is the gently shelving sand, beach huts that can be rented by the day, a shop, toilets & parking. The sea here is also a great spot to learn to wind surf, surf & sail.
There is always a lively family atmosphere at the August Regatta
- Barmouth, Snowdonia Coast
Barmouth is a proper British seaside resort (since Victorian times!) with trampolines, arcade games, donkeys & a vintage steam railway just a short ferry ride away across the estuary. There is plenty to keep children busy with a selection of shops, pubs & cafes for food and ice cream.
Barmouth beach is very popular but never overcrowded.
- Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire
Broad Havens sandy beach has loads of space for building sandcastles, playing games, running & cartwheeling around. The sea is shallow, great for toddlers to paddle in and there are a few rock pools to investigate. There is a café, shop & a pub nearby. Broad Haven is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National park and there are several lovely nature walks to choose from.
- Caswell, Gower Peninsula
Caswell beach is just a 10 minute drive from the lovely village of Mumbles. The beach is very pretty with fine, pale sand and grassy cliffs in the background. There are plenty of rock pools to explore & the small swell makes it ideal to learn to surf. There is a café, small shop and the beach is also accessible by wheelchair.
- Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire
Cefn Sidan Beach is 8 miles long with safe water & sand dunes. It is easy to access with parking, toilets, café & a restaurant. There are lots of mini beasts to discover in the sand dunes and the beach is part of the Pembrey Country Park which has play areas and a visitor centre.
- Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby has not one but 4 beaches to choose from:
North Beach – has a beach front snack bar & Goskar Rock to clamber about on.
South Beach – has the most space to run around
Harbour beach – is the safest for small children
Castle Beach – has easy access via the slipway
The beaches can get busy in the summer months but there is a park & ride with a free shuttle bus service.
Tenby town and the picture perfect harbour are a delight for families as well.
- Whitmore Bay, Barry Island
Barry Islands soft sandy bay is a popular, traditional & lively seaside resort with amusements, a funfair & lots of family entertainment. There are beach huts, an events amphitheatre & a promenade which allows you to walk the full length of the beach – making this beach also ideal for the winter months.
Wales is easy to reach by car & public transport with good links from London & the South East. So, what are you waiting for?! It’s time to book a family friendly holiday in Wales.
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