Whitesands Camping® is situated behind the dunes right next to the beach. It's on the most Westerly tip of South Wales - you can’t get much further away from the hustle and bustle of modern life than this!
Campers have stayed here since the 1930s. We adopt a relaxed, family-focused and friendly approach to our many return and first time visitors. No need to book in advance (we don't make bookings), just turn up, choose your pitch on the day, and find "Famous" Pete who manages the site and may be found in the Car Park Ticket Office or Tan-y-Bryn (white house opposite tent site).
The main site (30 pitches) is normally open from Easter school holidays through to the end of October. In 2019 we opened slightly later (in order to allow newly seeded grass to grow) on Saturday 25th May (Spring Bank Holiday). We will close slightly earlier, at the end of September (Monday 30th) to allow a new toilet and shower block to be built ready for the 2020 season. The Farm Fields (tents, trailer tents only) will be open on Friday 2nd August and will close on Monday 30th August 2019.
The facilities provided are basic: separate male and female units, electric hot showers (two with tokens, available from "Famous Pete"), outside cold water shower, toilets, an outside sink for the washing-up, fourteen electric hook-ups on the main site ("first come first served", they cannot be booked in advance), and water taps dotted about the place. You can book surf lessons and hire equipment in peak season; windbreaks and recliners can also be rented at the beach slipway. Broadband Wi-Fi is available on site (charge made by Dragon WiFi).
In 2020 the upgraded shower and toilet block will include: separate male/female units and a disabled wet room; electric hot showers (5) and an outside cold shower; 6 WCs; 2 urinals; 6 wash hand basins; and an outside sink for washing up.
We do not cater for caravans or very large 'A' Class motorhomes or recreational vehicles RVs. There are other nearby sites inland that specialise in these.
Tents, trailer tents, campervans (VW T5/T6) with awnings, and 'light' motorhomes are ok.
In July 2018 The 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.
In 2014, this site 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".
Whitesands Bay was 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.
The Beach Cafe and Shop is open for most of the year.
The "Coaster" bus travels back and fore to St Davids between 30th March and 30th September (0835 to 1905 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 (15 minutes away) do not have dog restrictions. The site accepts well behaved owners and their dogs.
So, if you want a relaxed, no-frills tent site with plenty of space, situated next to a stunning beach, with "the best views around" - then Whitesands Camping® this should be your first choice!