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Freshwater East Beach

Visit this wild beach set around a picturesque bay on Wales’ southwest coastline for swimming, watersports and nature walks.

Freshwater East Beach is a beach of rugged natural beauty loved by families, naturalists and watersport enthusiasts. It’s a curving bay of golden sand and rolling dunes situated on Wales’ world-famous Pembrokeshire coastline. At Freshwater East Beach you can enjoy swimming in summer, surfing in winter and relaxed walks all year round.

A great appeal of the beach is its beautiful landscapes and tranquility. Green hills and sand dunes spill down onto a wide bay, where the cool water of the Bristol Channel laps peacefully at the shore. A stream flows gently through the sand toward the southern edge of the beach and a dramatic headland overlooks the bay’s southernmost point.

Time your visit to Freshwater East Beach according to the tides. During low tide you’ll discover a vast expanse of sand ideal for sunbathing, walking and playing beach sports such as cricket and soccer. Go to the northern end of the bay and explore the rocky coves that appear below the cliffs. At high tide the beach area becomes smaller yet rarely overcrowded.

On warmer days, join the other beachgoers and take a swim in the clean, calm water. Watch people practice a wide array of watersports, including canoeing, waterskiing and windsurfing. Surfers should visit in the winter months to ride the waves, which are best at high tide. There are no facilities or rentals at the beach so you’ll need to bring your own equipment.  

Running through the dunes and parallel to the beach is a section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a 186-mile (299-kilometer) long trail that winds through jaw-dropping scenery. Walk east to Manorbier Bay, guarded by Manorbier Castle, or west to Greenala Point.

Located in the village of Freshwater East, Freshwater East Beach is a 10-minute drive from Pembroke. Parking is available, for a fee, above the southern end of the beach. A public bus travels several times a day between Freshwater East and Pembroke.


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Rosedene Guest House $60
Rosedene Guest House

Rosedene Guest House

Hodgeston, Nr Freshwater East, Pembroke, Wales
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Pembroke, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Freshwater East Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lamphey Bishop's Palace and Manorbier Beach. Manorbier Castle is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Lamphey Station is 26 minutes by foot.

    Portclew House
    Portclew House

    Portclew House

    Freshwater East, Pembroke, Wales
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Freshwater East Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Pembroke Castle and Barafundle Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km). Lamphey Station is 29 minutes by foot.

      Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa $116
      Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

      Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa

      Lamphey, Tenby, Pembroke, Wales
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Pembroke, this spa hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Pembroke Castle and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Freshwater East Beach. Lamphey Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Freshwater Bay Holiday Cottages
        Freshwater Bay Holiday Cottages

        Freshwater Bay Holiday Cottages

        Trewent Park, Freshwater East, Pembroke, Wales
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Pembroke apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Freshwater East Beach, Barafundle Bay, and Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Bullslaughter Bay and Manorbier Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          The Sandcastle
          The Sandcastle

          The Sandcastle

          Sandy Lane, Freshwater Bay, Pembroke, Wales
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the beach, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Freshwater East Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lamphey Bishop's Palace and Barafundle Bay. Pembroke Castle and Manorbier Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            The Sandcastle
            The Sandcastle

            The Sandcastle

            The Sandcastle Freshwater East, Pembroke, Wales
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this luxury cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Freshwater East Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lamphey Bishop's Palace and Barafundle Bay. Pembroke Castle and Bullslaughter Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Tickled Pink, Freshwater Bay 14 $446
              Tickled Pink, Freshwater Bay 14

              Tickled Pink, Freshwater Bay 14

              Pembroke, WLS
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Pembroke, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Freshwater East Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lamphey Bishop's Palace and Barafundle Bay. Pembroke Castle and Bullslaughter Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Devon Court 20 $291
                Devon Court 20

                Devon Court 20

                Devon Court, Pembroke, Wales
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Pembroke, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Freshwater East Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Lamphey Bishop's Palace. Pembroke Castle and Barafundle Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).