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When most people think of taking short breaks in Wales they perhaps don’t think of the many beautiful beaches the country has to offer. This is a terrible shame as Wales has some of the finest beaches to be found in the whole of the British Isles. The beaches come in a number of different varieties from golden sand to pebbles and rocks. They also vary in the number of activities you can find on them. Some are great for surfing and windsurfing, those especially popular are the beaches along the Bristol Channel as surfers come from all over to ride one of the highest tidal bores in the world. At other beaches you can try to catch fish and shell fish in the rock pools or explore the vast sand dunes, you can even ride on the donkeys in Rhyl. If you have children or fancy a dip in the sea then you can rest assured as many of Wales’s beaches have won awards, including the prestigious blue flag award for cleanliness.

The beaches in the Pembrokeshire National Park are a particular highlight. The park received its national park status primarily because of its stunning coastline made up of cliffs, islands, inlets, coves, caves and some great beaches. Pembrokeshire has received more beach awards than any other county in the UK so you know you are going to find plenty of clean beaches in the area. Not only are they clean but many are much quieter than more of the more traditional tourists beaches across the country. If you want to do a little more than just sun bathe and build sandcastles then don’t worry because many of the beaches throughout Pembrokeshire are great for windsurfing, kite surfing and standard surfing. The area has many places of accommodation such as Pembrokeshire cottages that are near to the beach so within a few minuets of leaving your front door you could be on the beach.

Five of the best in Pembrokeshire include:

1. Broad Haven South and Barafundle

2. Marloes:

3. Whitesands

4. Freshwater East

5. Newgale.

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