Whitesands is the larger of two beaches in St David’s and regarded as one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire for surfing.

Right on the Pembrokeshire Coast path, it’s overlooked by Carn Llidi which you can walk to from here.  This is particularly good if you’re looking for walks in Pembrokeshire that offer fantastic views.

The big draw for us here though are the spectacular sunsets.  They can be picture perfect.

Whitesands is around 2 miles away from the UK’s smallest city, St Davids, and under 10 mins by car.

If you’re prepared to walk that 2 miles on the road (which is quite boring) you can set yourself up for a fantastic walk of the entire St David’s Peninsular. It’s one of the finest circular walks in Pembrokeshire in our opinion.

Parking is convenient but can be a problem at the height of summer. Facilities are good here with public conveniences and a café right next to the beach. 

How to get to Whitesands

Whitesands is near the city of St. David’s in Pembrokeshire, which is about as far west as you can go in Wales.  It’s way beyond the Western end of the M4 but it’s very well signposted as you get closer.

From the East – Cardiff/Swansea
  • Take the M4 West to it’s end at Pont Abraham services and then the A48 to Carmarthen 
  • At Carmarthen take the A40 for St. Clears.
  • At the St. Clears roundabout take the second exit and stay on the A40 to Haverfordwest.
  • St David’s is signposted from here and the road takes you through Newgale and Solva
  • On the approach to St. Davids you will pass a Texaco Filling station on your left. Drive down through St. Davids to the square and proceed around the War Memorial on to Nun Street (A487).
  • Take the second main turning left (just before St. Davids Rugby Football Club) which will be sign posted Traeth-mawr/Whitesands (B4583).
  • At the next junction turn left (again sign posted Whitesands) which will take you to the beach.
  • Whitesands is approximately 19 miles from Haverfordwest (a drive of approximately 40 minutes).
From the North – Aberystwyth
  • Take the A487 to Cardigan and stay on the A478 to Fishguard.
  • Pass through Lower Town Fishguard and on to Fishgard Town.
  • At the Town Hall roundabout take the first exit (which is a one way system through the town). When you come out of the one way system  (passing the Co-op) turn left on to West Street.
  • At the roundabout take the second exit to Goodwick down the hill.
  • At the Ferry terminal roundabout (just passed Tesco on your left) take the first exit onto Wern Road (A487) which will take you all the way to St. Davids.
  • On the outskirts of St. Davids you will see, on your right St. Davids Rugby Football Club. Just after turn right onto the B4583 which will be sign posted Traeth-mawr/Whitesands.
  • At the next junction turn left (again sign posted Whitesands) which will take you to the beach.
  • Whitesands is approximately 17 miles from Fishguard (a drive of approximately 30 minutes)


The Car Park at Whitesands actually overlooks the beach.  Space is limited though and it can get very busy in the Summer months.  Parking charges also apply.  Getting here early (or late) is definitely advisable if you’re visiting then.  We prefer Whitesands from September to March.  

Where to stay near Whitesands

The closest places to stay to Whitesands are the holiday cottages which overlook the bay. It doesn’t get much more spectacular than this.

There are lots of other self catering options nearby as well as campsites and a Youth Hostel. And there is plenty more accommodation in nearby St David’s,

We always check out what’s available where at Booking.com

More information about Whitesands

Facilities here are good with public conveniences and a café in the car park which overlooks the beach.  Be aware, though, that there is a charge for the conveniences.

There are plenty more options for eating and drinking  just a couple of miles away in the UK’s smallest City, St.David’s.

Whitesands tends to be the more popular of the 2 beaches in St.David’s.  The other is Caerfai which is around a mile beyond the city in the opposite direction.

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