There are 3 beautiful sandy beaches to choose from in Tenby and they dramatically change in size depending on the tide. Another great thing about them is that they are all RNLI Lifeguarded during the summer months and have a wealth of options for ice creams and snacks nearby. So get your swimmers ready and head to the beach!
Tenby North Beach
Tenby North Beach, with the colourful houses looking out over the historic harbour. Goscar Rock, in the middle is another iconic feature of this soft sandy beach. With the high cliffs surrounding the bay, it's perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking and swimming. It is also the location for Ironman Wales which descends on Pembrokeshire every autumn. Parking for this beach is easiest here.
A short walk past the harbour and the lifeboat stations you can find the little Castle Beach. Overlooking St Catherine's island (with a Napoleonic fort perched on top), it is completely cut off from the rest of the beaches at high tide. At low tide, you can explore a cave that cuts through St Catherines - look out for the mermaid statue in the rocks! Parking for this beach can be a little tricky during the summer, probably best to park at the North Beach car park and walk around.
Do be careful here as the currents around St Catherine's can be very strong at different stages of tide.
South beach is a long sweeping sandy beach stretching from Tenby in the north to Penally and Giltar point in the south. There are stunning views across the bay to monastic Caldey Island and on a clear day you can see the Gower. Silky sands and clear blue waters make this a great spot for everyone. Best place to park is at south beach itself here. The southern end near Penally is a year round dog beach (parking is best here for this end).