Despite its name, Goodwick Sands has very little sand. It is mainly shingle and mussel shells with some coarse sand and seaweed strewn rocks lower down the beach. A sea wall of boulders backs the beach with the A40 just behind. A breakwater on the far side has a gravel path along it. Parking here is free with some spaces just behind the beach and a larger car park on the opposite side of the A40. Further spaces with seating and views can be found in Marine Walk (from where the photo was taken) just up the hill to the east. The beach looks out towards Dinas Head in one direction and the ferry terminal in the other.
Dog restrictions apply from 1st May to 30th September - dogs are banned from the furthest (in the photo) section of the beach, must be on leads on the next section and are allowed everywhere else.
There are toilets and a pub nearby and a few hundred yards away is a modern building housing a cafe, Tourist Information Centre and a children's attraction called Ocean Lab. The recently re-opened Fishguard and Goodwick rail station is a 5 minute walk away, whilst Fishguard town is a short walk to the west and has further shops, banks and a modern leisure centre with a 25 metre pool.