Buckets and spades at the ready! Beach bunnies taking their UK holidays in Wales are spoilt for choice. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie in search of action, or more at home on the beach towel, our rundown of the best beaches Wales has to offer should be part of your holiday reading. If you're thinking of heading to Wales, cottages are a great, wallet-friendly accommodation option. All together now...oh we do like to be beside the seaside.
Rhossili Bay - The Gower Peninsula
Not only one of the best beaches in Wales, Rhossili Bay was voted the best beach in the UK in 2010! A favourite with surfers because of its mighty Atlantic swells, Rhossili is great for watersport enthusiasts. The beach is accessed via a steep cliff path, but make the effort and you'll be rewarded with a three mile sweep of sandy beach. Back above, if you follow the cliff path along to the west, you can cross over to Worm's Head, a serpent-like mass of land jutting out into the ocean (be sure to check the tides so you can cross back over). For dramatic vistas of the bay, explore the Rhossili Downs above the beach. If Rhossili ticks all the right boxes for you, find out more at www.enjoygower.com, where you can read up on Langland Bay, Caswell Bay and Bracelet Bay and all the other beaches the Gower has to offer too. Cottages in Pembrokeshire.
Poppit Sands - Pembrokeshire
Fans of UK holidays could do far worse than to pay Pembrokeshire a visit. You'll be hard pushed to fault Poppit Sands at the mouth of the river Teifi. Family friendly and great for bathing, it holds Blue Flag status and is backed by picturesque sand dunes. Children can go all Enid Blyton and discover the delights of rock pooling, while the young at heart can try their hand at power kiting. Keen walkers are also in for a treat as Poppit Sands marks the start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to Amroth, some 180 miles south. Sound Teifi-tastic to you? Then visit www.visitpembrokeshire.com for more information. If you are looking for somewhere to make a holiday of it vist.
LLanddwyn Island - Anglesey
If it's romance you're after, then Llanddwyn could well be for you. Bordered by Newborough Forest, one of the ways of accessing the beach is through the dreamy woodland (or there's a car park, if you insist). Swim in the clear blue waters, marvel at the views of the imposing mountains of Snowdonia, slumber in the soft sands or stroll through the National Nature Reserve, of which Llanddwyn is a part, to the disused lighthouse. You could even take out a dinghy a deux for a spot of romance British-seaside style. There's plenty of flora and fauna, and secluded spots galore. Rent one of our Anglesey cottages and discover this idyllic corner of the island on your UK holidays. To read more about Anglesey and its breathtaking beaches, head to www.visitanglesey.co.uk. Find cottages in Anglesey.
Whitmore Bay - Barry Island, South Wales
If you want a bit of nostalgia on your UK holiday, then why not try Barry Island. A proper seaside resort, Barry Island is back in fashion thanks to TV's Gavin and Stacey. When you're not dipping your toes in the water and building sandcastles, the adjacent pleasure park has fun for all ages. Splash some cash at the amusement arcade on the seafront, or take a leisurely stroll along the promenade with an ice-cream cone in hand. The gift-shops are ripe for browsing and the gardens provide a spot of tranquillity. For some more retro fun, try the Barry Island Railway Heritage Centre- pick the right day and you could even enjoy a steam train ride. Discover what all the fuss is about at www.barrywales.co.uk.
Whistling Sands/Porth Oer - Gwynedd
No, there's nothing wrong with your flip-flops...take a walk down Whistling Sands on the Llyn Peninsula and you might think you're hearing things. The unique shape of the grains of sand means that they're liable to squeak underfoot as you shuffle along. When you've tired of the novelty, you can turn your attention to the natural beauty of this National Trust beach. Stake your claim to a spot on the stunning white sands, and take a paddle in the clear waters. Although it's a popular beach, seek out the secluded cove and you can escape the crowds. You can also stretch your legs on the Llyn Coastal Path, which passes through the beach. If you want to do a little whistle, check out www.visitsnowdonia.info for the lowdown. Holiday cottages in Gwynedd.
Where in Wales do you like to dabble your toes?