Whitesands Bay is situated about 2 miles west of St David's, 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 Porth Lleuog (pronounced 'hlay-og'). This is a small sandy cove backed by cliffs of mudstones and siltstones, and can be accessed from the coastal path. For the more adventurous a sea cave runs through 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, and facilities include toilets ♿, drinking water tap, picnic tables, cycle stands and a beach cafe. For those who prefer a short walk to paying parking fees, parking space for several vehicles can be found 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 April to late September, and a total dog ban is in force from 1st May to 30th September. Dogs are allowed on Porth Lleuog. For those who want a longer stay, a camp-site overlooks the bay just north of the car park, whilst nearby St David's has plenty of cafes, B&B's and a surf shop.