Whitesands Camping . St Davids . Pembrokeshire . Wales

Pitch up next to the sand, sea and surf.


Update: (31 October 2021) Campsite now closed until Easter 2022.

Whitesands Camping® is the only campsite next to Whitesands beach.  We are open until the end of October 2021 and have plenty of room over this month. 

No need to book in advance (we don't make bookings) just turn up, choose your pitch and check in with Mark when the site office opens daily at 0900 (other hours posted on the office window in the Autumn).  No fuss.  All welcome! 

Main Site 30 pitches: tents, trailer tents, campervans and 'light' motorhomes (below 7m).  Usually open from Easter school holidays through to the end of October.  Farm Fields Tents plus accompanying vehicles, and trailer tents only; now closed, open next summer 2022; 13 acres of farm fields, or 10 football pitches; plenty of room.  Park next to your pitch. 

Pricing  Please go to this section of the website for details (updated daily): http://whitesandscamping.co.uk/tariff-terms.html

Payment  Although we still accept cash payments, contactless and card payments are preferred.

Covid 19 We do our best to keep the new (August 2020) toilets and showers clean throughout the day.  They are treated with anti-bacterial chemicals (BS EN 14476); the building has been designed without light switches, self-flushing urinal and the latest automatic ventilation system; there are antibacterial dispensers available outside the facility; we provide toilet rolls, soap dispensers and hand air driers.  In the current climate, campers are asked to ensure personal cleanliness at all times. Dogs are not allowed into the shower and toilet facility; and campers are asked not to wash down wetsuits in the showers to avoid clogging the drains with sand.  Campers use the shared facilities at their own risk.

Facilities  A newly built Shower and Toilet Block was opened in August 2020.  This has separate male and female sections and a disabled washroom.  There are 5 hot showers (operated with tokens, available from the site office), an outside cold water wash-down shower, 6 wc plus urinal, an outside sink for washing-up, and a motorhome cassette waste point.  There are electric hook-ups on the main site ("first come first served", they cannot be booked in advance), and water taps dotted about the place.  On site, you can book surf lessons and hire equipment in peak season; windbreaks and recliners can also be rented at the beach car park.  Broadband Wi-Fi is available on site (charge made by Dragon WiFi, first 10 minutes free).  

We do not cater for caravans, or very large 'A' Class motorhomes (0ver 7 metres) or recreational vehicles (RVs).  There are other nearby sites inland that specialise in these. 

  • 17 August 2021 - Filming on site for BBC2 'Saving Lives at Sea'.
  • 1 July 2021 - Whitesands Camping recommended in Country Walking Magazine among its list of 18 "Pitch Perfect" campsites in the UK.
  • June 2021 - Whitesands Camping chosen as Family Campsite of the Year 2021 at the 5th Annual Resort & Retreat Awards 2021.
  • Summer 2021 - Whitesands Camping included by campsites.co.uk in a list of "Best Coastal Campsites UK" 25 of the UK's best coastal campsites
  • June 20th 2021 - Whitesands included in Top 50 UK Beaches by Sunday Times
  • June 7th 2021- Archaeological dig on St Patrick's Chapel (next to campsite) St Patrick’s Chapel, Whitesands, St Davids – Dyfed Archaeological Trust (dyfedarchaeology.org.uk)
  • January 2021 - Whitesands named the most desirable beach in the UKhttps://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/travel/welsh-beach-named-most-desirable-19108453
  • October 2020 - St Davids Cathedral and Wales Coastal Path chosen in list of "top 100 unmissable world travel experiences" by Lonely Planet.
  • 20 August 2020 - hosts to "The Great Tour" - national charity cycle race, raising money primarily for health-related charities.
  • July2020 - Whitesands chosen in list of 'top 50 UK beaches' by Travel section of The Sunday Times.
  • July 2020 - St Davids placed in the Which top ten UK Seaside Towns
  • August 2019 - 'Lonely Planet' guide lists Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in the 'top 10' (of 500) sights to visit in the UK.
  • July 2018 - Sunday Times Travel section chose Whitesands as one of the "top 50 beaches in the UK", and recommended Whitesands Camping® as "the best place to stay" to enjoy the beach.
  • 2014 - Whitesands Camping® came top of the Weather Channel's "Ten Coolest Campsites in Britain":  "Once you're in Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, take a drive down a winding country road to reach Pembrokeshire’s renowned Blue Flag beach, Whitesands. Here you will find Whitesands Camping®; a low-key, no-fuss spot with the best views around and effortless access to the beach. Nights are the real highlight: as the beach empties, campers at Whitesands more or less have their own private patch of sand – perfect for games and BBQs as the sun fades and the moon gradually illuminates the sea".
  • 2014 - Whitesands Beach chosen as the Countryfile Magazine "Beach of the Year 2014/15".  It is a Blue Flag beach (meeting stringent water standards) and is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for high quality water.

Live image of Whitesands Beach on webcam: Whitesands Bay Surf Report & Surf Forecast with Live Surf Webcams - Magicseaweed

The Beach Café is open for the camping season.  The "Coaster" bus travels back and fore from Whitesands to St Davids every half-hour (2 miles away) between 30th March and 30th September (0835 to 1835 during the summer months); and the beach is manned by RNLI Lifeguards over the same period (daily between May and September).  Pembrokeshire Coast National Park imposes a dog ban on Whitesands Beach between 1st May and 30th September.  The coast path, Whitesands dunes and nearby Porthsele or Porth Melgan beaches (20 minutes walk away) do not have dog restrictions.  The site accepts well behaved owners and their dogs.

So, if you want a friendly, relaxed, no-frills tent site, situated right next to a stunning beach with "the best views around" - then Whitesands Camping® will be your first choice!


Camping Next to the Beach

Surely it doesn’t get much better than this?

Pitch up right next to Whitesands Beach: choose the best waves; go for a swim;  explore the rock pools; and experience the magic of a Whitesands sunset.

Click on text: Whitesands Bay Surf Report & Surf Forecast with Live Surf Webcams - Magicseaweed

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A brand new shower block opened in August 2020: showers (five with tokens), an outdoor shower, 6 toilets (male, female and disabled/family).  The site has electric hook-ups, and water taps dotted about the place.

Farm fields are open in July and August 2021: there’s plenty of room in the fields (13 acres) for a game of football or cricket; at the Beach Car Park you can book surf lessons and hire equipment, including windbreaks and recliners.

The “Coaster” bus travels to St David’s every half hour during the summer months (May to September); and the beach is manned by RNLI Lifeguards over the same period.

An ice cream hut and a cafe are open for the camping season.

We accept dogs and well behaved owners on site.  Pembrokeshire Coast National Park imposes a dog ban on Whitesands Beach between 1st May and 30th September.  There is no ban on the coast path, or the nearby beaches of Porthsele or Porth Melgan.

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