Whitesands Bay is situated about 2 miles west of St Davids, and is a wide sandy beach backed by low dunes and boulder clay cliffs. The headland of Trwynhwrddyn is at the north end, the other side of which is the small sandy cove of Porth Lleuog which can be accessed from the coastal path. For the more adventurous a sea cave runs underneath the headland and can be negotiated at low tide (as in photo below). Whitesands Bay looks out towards Ramsey Island and several smaller islets, and is overlooked by the rocky peak of Carn Llidi (595 feet high).
There is an attended car park (which fills quickly at peak periods) behind the beach, with toilets, drinking water tap, picnic tables, cycle stands and a beach cafe. For those who prefer a short walk to paying parking fees (£4 in 2014), there is space for several vehicles at the road junction for the youth hostel and golf club - about ½ mile from the beach. Access to the shore is down a slipway.
Whitesands is regarded as one of the best surf beaches in Wales, occasionally producing waves up to 10 feet. Although it's surfable at all stages of the tide, the mid to high tide periods are best and the area in front of the car park is the most popular. A strong rip occurs near the Trwynhwrddyn headland - useful if you want to get out the back, but not so nice if you're a beginner.
Lifeguards patrol early May to early September, and a total dog ban is in force from 1st May to 30th September. Dogs are allowed on Porth Lleuog. Nearby St Davids has plenty of cafes, B&B's and a surf shop.