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Beaches in South Wales

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When we think about landscapes, the beaches of South Wales have it all. From bustling promenades to spotless sand in what feels like the middle of nowhere, the list of experiences is endless. 

A trip along the south of the country brings you past the country’s capital and industrial heartlands, with classic seaside towns serving this clientele for decades with no let-up in their popularity. As you head further west, the people become fewer, and the beaches become greater. Coastal roads help around lush surroundings until you finally get to some of the greatest hidden gems the UK has to offer. Find out more about these in this, the quintessential guide to beaches in South Wales.

Looking for the cream of the crop? Check out our list of the best beaches in South Wales.

Beach walks: fresh sea breeze strolls

Beach walks: fresh sea breeze strolls
Abersoch: homely huts line the sand

Not that we’re biased or anything, but our favourite walk along the beaches in South Wales is easily accessible from three of our South Wales holiday parks. If you’re staying at our Lydstep Beach, Penally Court or Kiln Park parks, join the South Wales coastline and stroll into the town of Tenby, a real Pembrokeshire gem that’s become a hotbed of coastal culture, surging in popularity in recent years. The stroll takes you past Tenby Golf Club and onto Tenby’s South Beach, and you’ll see the enchanting St. Catherine’s Island just off the coast, marking your arrival. 

From Quay West, a short hop round New Quay Bay gets you into the town, and if you’re feeling energetic, drive to Aberaeron Beach, jump out the car and walk to picturesque Aberarth, a mile or so journey. Speaking of the car, you can traverse the sands of Three Cliffs Bay.

Beach history: unlocking a secret past

Beach history: unlocking a secret past
Whitesands: a world away from hustle and bustle

The beaches in South Wales are full of history, some of it clear to see, some of it requiring a little more digging. Out on the far western tip of the country, Whitesands Beach became home to many a shipwreck in the past, with the pretty Bishop and Clerk Islands paradoxically marking the point of danger for seafarers. Many old vessels are said to lie beneath this spot around 5km off the coast, with the islands easily visible on a clear day. 

Rhossili Bay’s beauty speaks for itself, but you may be surprised about it being named not only one of Wales’ best beaches, but the world’s by TripAdvisor in its Traveller’s Choice Awards. Dig into the history books and you’ll find recognition decades back, with the hideaway within the UK’s first ever nominated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which came to life in 1956. We promise you; this site is well worth the day out from our South Wales parks. If you fancy something closer to us, check out Tenby’s terrific 12th-century castle. Built by the Normans, it stands tall over the town’s beach, so you can tick two family adventures off in one go. 

Discover breaks in South Wales

Penally Court self catering holidays

Penally Court, South Wales

4 nights from £55
Quay West self catering holidays

Quay West, South Wales

4 nights from £49
Kiln Park self catering holidays

Kiln Park, South Wales

4 nights from £49
Lydstep Beach self catering holidays

Lydstep Beach, South Wales

4 nights from £99

Beach attractions: fresh sea breeze strolls

Beach attractions: fresh sea breeze strolls
Barry Island: you can almost see Gavin and Stacey from here

From Freshwater West Beach to the west of Pembrokeshire has several claims to fame that make it an attraction for all the family. H Older film buffs might spot similarities with Dunkirk Beach in the film of the same name, with Freshwater West often being used as a double for its French counterpart, while Harry Potter aficionados will recognise the beach from Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows.

That’s not the only beach in South Wales with something to shout about. Head for stretch of south coast near our Lydstep Beach, Penally Court and Kiln Park sites and access all there is to love about Tenby. Inland, check out Carew Castle’s stately grounds, and a bit further afield, Barry Island and Beach is a great laugh for all the family. Here you’ll spot the haunts of Gavin and Stacey with the iconic TV series being famously based in the town. 

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Brand new holiday homes from £34,995

Holiday home price is for a new 3-bedroom ABI Horizon holiday home and includes siting, connections and standard accessories.   

Price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale. Subject to status and availability.   

As at 1 January 2024, price is available at all parks, excluding Cardigan View, Church Farm, Cala Gran, Far Grange, Kiln Park, Littlesea, Lydstep Beach, Penally Court, Perran Sands, Rockley Park, Seashore, Seaview, Skegness and Thornwick Bay. 

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Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office:  One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.  

Pre-owned holiday homes from £19,995

Holiday home price is based on a pre-owned holiday home and includes siting, connections and standard accessories.   

Price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale.  Subject to status and availability.   

As at 1 January 2024, price is available at all parks, excluding Church Farm, Cala Gran, Cardigan View, Kiln Park, Littlesea, Lydstep Beach, Penally Court, Perran Sands, Rockley Park, Riviere Sands, Seashore, Seaview and Thornwick Bay.   

Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times. Park cannot be used as a permanent residence.  

Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office:  One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL.  We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.  

Site fees from as little as £150 a month with Let2offset at Lydstep Beach

Let2offset is a contractual lettings product that offers eligible owners a guaranteed letting income at a preferential rate (calculated each year) in exchange for a stipulated number of letting breaks. It also allows eligible owners to pay their site fees and receive their letting income in 12 equal monthly instalments; the monthly site fee amount charged by Haven will be after deduction of the letting income.    

“Site fees from as little as £150 a month with Let2offset” is available at Lydstep Beach. The letting income received will vary by make, model and location. The monthly site fee payment does not include running costs e.g. utilities, rates & insurance. Offer is subject to availability. 

"Site fees from as little as £150 a month with Let2offset” is applicable to new customer purchases of new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed or equivalent or superior gradeholiday home purchases made through Haven where customers have also signed up to Haven’s Let2offset contract. It is not applicable to private sales and cannot be used in conjunction with our free Site Fee promotion. This offer is available at Lydstep Beach only and applies when letting a new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home (or equivalent or superior grade) for 15 weeks.

An example of how “Site fees from as little as £150 a month with Let2offset” operates under Let2offset is the purchase of an Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home at Lydstep Beach with a monthly site fee of £899.00 (includes purchasing discount of £29) and monthly letting income of £719.00. The monthly difference equates to £151 which will be charged to the owner's account monthly; to meet the site fee payment of £150 per month, an additional credit of £1 per month will be applied to the owner’s account. Both letting income and site fees are subject to yearly pricing reviews and the monthly site fee costs and letting income shown in the example are based on 2024 figures.     

Modelled assumptions on expected annual site fee and letting income charges over the 7-year lettable life of the Atlas Sahara 3 Bed indicate that under Let2offset it is anticipated that these customers will continue to receive a monthly credit during this period, however, this is not guaranteed. The modelled assumptions are based on the historical performance of Haven over the past 5 years of trading.    

Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.  

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.  

Let2offset - make no site fee payments until 2031

Let2offset is a contractual lettings product that offers eligible owners a guaranteed letting income at a preferential rate (calculated each year) in exchange for a stipulated number of letting breaks. It also allows eligible owners to pay their site fees and receive their letting income in 12 equal monthly instalments; the monthly site fee amount charged by Haven will be after deduction of the letting income.

‘Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031’ is available at 33 Haven parks excluding Burnham, Cardigan View, Far Grange, Garreg Wen, Lydstep Beach, Riviere Sands and Seaview.  The letting income received will vary by make, model and location. The monthly site fee payment does not include running costs e.g. utilities, rates & insurance.

“Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” is applicable to new and existing customer purchases of new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed or equivalent or superior grade holiday home purchases made through Haven where customers have also signed up to Haven’s Let2offset contract. It is not applicable to private sales and cannot be used in conjunction with our free Site Fee promotion.  It is available across 40% of eligible Parks and applies when letting a new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home (or equivalent or superior grade for 15 weeks.

An example of how “Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” operates under Let2offset is the purchase of an Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home at Primrose Valley with a monthly site fee of £585.00 (includes purchasing discount of £45) and monthly letting income of £803.67. The monthly difference equates to £218.67, which will be credited to the owner's account. Both letting income and site fees are subject to yearly pricing reviews and the monthly site fee costs and letting income shown in the example are based on 2024 figures.

Modelled assumptions on expected annual site fee and letting income charges over the 7-year lettable life of the Atlas Sahara 3 Bed indicate that under Let2offset it is anticipated that these customers will continue to receive a monthly credit during this period, however, this is not guaranteed. The modelled assumptions are based on the historical performance of Haven over the past 5 years of trading.

Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

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