You can’t beat the beach!

Published: Friday 21st Mar 2014

The glorious spring weather at the beginning of the month may well have inspired you to think of summer – and a cottage by the sea along the stunning Welsh coast.

Miles and miles of glorious sandy beaches along the South Wales coast, quiet coves and sheltered inlets in West Wales and Pembrokeshire. Check out the Good Beach Guide, compiled by the Marine Conservation Society, for details of the sea, shore and wildlife.

"The Society has a record of sustained achievement and deserves the wholehearted, passionate support of everyone who cares about our marine environment. Our special bond with our coastline and the sea, developed and nurtured over many generations, deserves nothing less." - HRH The Prince of Wales, MCS President.

During the summer, water samples are taken from bathing beaches and tested and at the end of the bathing season, these results are then used to assign a grade to each beach.

Click on one of the areas below for details of Recommended Beaches and nearby cottages.

Plenty of fabulous beaches in Pembrokeshire and West Wales make the guide, including Llangrannog, New Quay harbour, Mwnt and Poppit Sands, with Abereiddy Bay on the north coast of Pembrokeshire, Broad Haven on the west coast and Barafundle Bay, Freshwater East and Manorbier Bay in the south.

Pembrey and Pendine in Carmarthenshire feature in the Guide and other beaches on the Gower and South Wales coast include Rhossili Bay and Oxwich Bay plus Ogmore and Southerndown on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.