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Tenby South Beach

Tenby South Beach is ideal for a wide range of beach activities including swimming, surfing, kayaking, walking, wildlife watching, boat trips, fishing and windsurfing.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the north end of the beach between May 1st-September 30th. Please be a responsible dog owner and clean up after your dog.

Getting there
There are a number of options for getting to Tenbys beaches including a park and ride scheme. You can easily get to Tenby by bike, with the Celtic Trail passing through the town. The beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. There's easy access to the beach from the car park. You can also get to the south end of the beach from Penally railway station, when the military range is open, via a wheelchair-accessible path through the golf course and dunes. If you are travelling by car, the A478, A4139 and B4318 all lead to Tenby. There's a large paying car park next to the beach including disabled spaces. There are also plentiful bus services to Tenby.

Site description
Larger and less commercialised than North Beach, South Beach stretches in a long sweep of golden sand for 1.2 miles (2 km) from St Catherine's Island to Giltar Point. It's backed by The Burrows, a large area of sand dunes. There are good views of Caldey Island, which you can also visit on a boat trip from Tenby Harbour. At low tide it's possible to walk along the beach to St. Catherine's Island, but as the tide rises your return route will be cut off, so take care.

Toilets including facilities for the disabled are available at Tenby South beach. There are also opportunities for deck chair hire, ice cream vans and donkey rides. All types of accomodation, cafes, restaurants and pubs can be found in Tenby. The beach is cleaned daily and litter bins are provided. Please help keep Tenby beautiful and use the facilities or take your litter home.

Pembrokeshire County Council bathing water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach.

Beach Awards

Top Tips

  • Why not have a go at lowering your carbon footprint and save on parking costs by using the park and ride scheme?

Seasonal RNLI Lifeguards are present at the following beaches:

Healthy You

The health benefits of beaches are almost endless and there are over 50 around the Pembrokeshire Coast, many of them award-winning.


Health terms

RNLI message

  • Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them - this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone. If you get in trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.