Tenby South Beach stretches about a mile from the town to Giltar Point and looks out towards Caldey Island, about 2 miles offshore. Its southern end is known as Penally Beach and is a 5 minute level walk along a tarmac footpath from Penally railway station, which has a small (free) car park and toilets. At the Tenby end, a P&D car park is positioned behind the beach and access to the shore is a short walk over the sand. Toilets and drinking water are available, and a bar / restaurant and ice-cream parlour (both with outdoor seating) have recently opened at the back of the beach.
The shore is made up of sand and some pebbles, backed by dunes covered in sea buckthorn. Being east facing, offshore winds occur frequently, so inflatable craft should be used with caution. A strong rip current occurs near Giltar Point, and swimmers should avoid this area.
Lifeguards patrol at the town end from Easter until early September (10am - 6pm) and a dog ban operates between the beach access point and Castle Beach, 1st May to 30th September. Surf conditions can be good here on a big swell and when other beaches are blown out. It's a good beginners beach and also popular with windsurfers.
Tenby has excellent facilities, including two Information Centres, pubs, cafes, hotels, B&B's, shops, a supermarket and a railway station (about 10 minutes walk).