Pendine Beach is a 6¼ mile long sandy beach stretching from Gilmore Point (at the western end) to Ginst Point. To the west of the village is a small bay of sand and rock-pools, backed by high limestone cliffs with a few small caves. Steps lead up to the coastal path from here. The beach eastwards from the village is backed by dunes, with MoD land behind.
The official Carmarthenshire guide describes Pendine as '7 miles of glorious sandy beach'. What is doesn't say is that due to MoD restrictions much of this beach is off limits between 07.00 and 16.00 most days (including weekends), although these times can vary. A red flag, a warning sign and a line of buoys marks the start of the MoD area about 400 yards east of the village. Signs warn of possible unexploded shells and prohibit the use of metal detectors.
Lifeguards are on duty from mid July until early September (10.00 - 17.30) when a specific zone is set up for swimming. Dog restrictions apply on a section of the beach between the Beach Hotel and the Beach cafe (about 100 yards) from 1st May to 30th September. Parking is in a P&D car park and parking is also allowed on part of the beach (depending on weather and tides) from Easter to September. There are two slipways and the beach is popular for jet-skiing (club members only), kitesurfing and windsurfing. Access to the beach is down one of the slipways.
The village has good facilities including toilets, pubs, a coffee shop, a restaurant, post office, beach shops, cafes and village stores.