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Top 10 Reasons to Holiday in Poppit Sands

Poppit sands Guide.

Poppit Sands is a vast golden sandy beach on the west coast of Wales in Cardigan Bay, with larged sand dunes at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary.

1. Poppit  Sands Beach itself

The stunning beach of Poppit Sands has to be at the top of the list. This beautiful sandy beach stretches for about a mile and is a haven not just for families, but also for a variety of water sports. There are kite surfers, dog owners, horse riders,  photographers (Michael Jackson, David Wilson)  birdwatchers , artists, walkers on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and so much more. At low tide the sea retreats for up to half a mile  leaving vast expanses of open flat beach and exposed rock pools on the western end of the beach

2. Sand Dunes

The sand dunes are the most iconic feature of Poppit Sands. Children and dogs love  playing in the dunes, running up and down and just getting lost. They are also an important wildlife habitat for a variety of locally and internationally important animals and plants.  There are a number of Adders in the dunes which you can see on very rare occasions.

3. Not Very Easy to Reach

Whilst there is a large car park right next to the beach.  It is a little off the beaten track unless you happen to live nearby.  This is great since it doesn’t get very busy even in the summer months

4. Variety of places to stay

Welsh holiday cottages are numerous and a quick search can find some fantastic places to stay nearby.  There is a tent only campsite right next to the beach and another further up the hill.  There is a YHA just up the costal path from the beach, a small select holiday park a little way in the other direction and a few holiday cottages on the beach (like ours)

5. Cardigan

Cardigan is a great shopping location and is the local market town. Plenty of places to shop, eat and drink on the high street and the maze of smaller streets leading off it. There is a great little cinema for those odd rainy days in Wales

6. Tesco’s

Ok, this is a terrible reason for holidaying in Poppit Sands, but there is a very large Tesco’s in Cardigan which makes buying food for the week cheap and simple.  One big shop on Sunday and you are sorted for the week, or why not go for home delivery. It does mean that you can get on with your holiday without spending too much time feeding and shopping for staving children.

7. Activities

There are several outdoor centres nearby doing all sorts of aquatic based pursuits, horse riding and a few surf schools a little further away. Plenty to do for the adventurous.

8 History

There are some great castles nearby in varying states of repair which make fantastic days out.  Drive a little further afield and there are some fantastic examples of our past castle building talent. Pembroke castle being a good example

9. Bowens Fish and Chips

St Dogmaels which is a couple of miles down the road has I think the best Fish and Chip shop in the area.  Well worth a visit for hungry holiday makers


10)Blue Flag

Poppit Sands has a blue flag, which means that there are certain standards that have been met.  Water quality being the most important for me , but there are also lifeguards on patrol in the summer months, a lovely little cafe and the beach is kept pretty clean by the local authority.  There is an RNLI station on the beach which are great to watch when they are practicing.