The best barbecue beach in Wales? That’ll be ALL of them. We’ve picked 10 to get you started, but to be honest, any combination of sand, sea and sausages does it for us. Buy a selection of local meat, fish or veg, find a spot on a BBQ-friendly beach and get grilling.

Please respect our lovely beaches and take your litter home with you, and please take care disposing of hot barbecues. Thank you!

Kinmel Bay, Conwy

What we like about Kinmel Bay is that there’s bags of room for beach barbies, and the entertainment is thrown in by the local kitesurfing school. What could be more pleasurable than watching people learn how to kitesurf (which involves an amusing amount of falling over), while you’re eating a sausage? Very little, in our view.

Aberdaron, Llŷn Peninsula

Aberdaron is a popular south-facing beach which lies right at the wild tip of the Llŷn Peninsula, but it’s easily accessible with plenty of facilities nearby in the village. Best of both worlds, then.

Aberdaron beach with a family walking on the sand.
Aberdaron beach, Llŷn Peninsula

Porth Dafarch, Isle of Anglesey

The sheltered cove of Porth Dafarch is quieter than nearby Trearddur Bay, and has excellent disabled facilities and a convenient slipway ramp onto the beach. There’s plenty of sand to spread out on, but it’s also got all sorts of interesting rocky nooks. 

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Tresaith, Ceredigion

Tresaith, a small and sheltered bay, is a family favourite for swimming and rockpooling. The prime picnic and BBQ spots are on the north side of the beach, where a waterfall tumbles down from the cliffs. There's a chance you may spot a dolphin or seal swimming across the bay while you eat.

Image of the Ceredigion coastline at Tresaith, west Wales
The Ceredigion coastline at Tresaith, Mid Wales

Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire

There are two Broad Havens in Pembrokeshire. The southern one, near Stackpole, is wildly pretty, but for sheer BBQ ease, we’re heading for the northern Broad Haven. St Brides Bay’s most popular beach is a fabulous stretch of sand with interesting rock pools, backed by a little village with a handy supermarket. 

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Cefn Sidan, Pembrey

If you like a bit of space in which to flex your BBQ muscle, then Cefn Sidan’s eight miles of sand should do the trick. It’s backed by Pembrey Country Park, which has its own picnic and barbecue areas, as well as a ski slope and family fun activities.

Oxwich, Gower

Three Cliffs is Gower’s prettiest beach, but it’s a hefty walk if you're carrying BBQ stuff. The neighbouring Oxwich is lovely in its own right and it has a car park, which makes life much easier. For the best experience, stock up on meat and fish at Swansea’s covered market, the largest in Wales.

Oxwich Bay shoreline.
Oxwich Bay, West Wales

Dunraven Bay, Southerndown

Sand, clifftop walks, big pebbles, rockpools for dabbling in – Dunraven Bay may just be the best picnic/BBQ spot on the south coast. As a bonus, the beach is right on the Wales Coast Path. It's just down the road from the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre in Dunraven Park. Bonus: there’s a toilet block and snack bar on the beach.

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Dunraven Bay, on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, South Wales

Porthkerry, Barry

Barry has two distinct faces: the kiss-me-quick funfair side and Porthkerry - a tranquil 200 acres of woodland and meadows which lead down to a big pebble beach beneath the cliffs. They’ve got a purpose-built BBQ area, or you could find your own spot at the water’s edge.

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Traeth Mawr, Newport

Its Welsh name means ‘Big Beach’, so there’s enough room for everyone here – and you can drive onto Newport Sands beach, which makes barbecuing a doddle. Top tip: the butcher and fishmonger in Newport are both superb, so that’s your raw ingredients sorted.

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