Carmarthenshire has some of the most glorious sandy beaches in Europe. Many of us like to relax and spend the day at the beach. Whether it is enjoying the sunshine, having a dip in the sea or building sandcastles with the kids.
Cefn Sidan Beach is the only lifeguard patrolled beach in Carmarthenshire with lifeguards in attendance from Whitsun to early September.
Pendine sands are gently shelving but inflatables are a problem, particularly with offshore winds. Car parking is available on the beach during the Summer.
Many of the coastal towns and villages have lovely beaches. Carmarthenshire is well-blessed with two major estuaries, the Three Rivers Estuary and the Burry Inlet/Loughor Estuary. They are beautiful places, internationally important for their biodiversity and of a great deal of historical interest. They can be excellent for fishing, boating, walking and observing wildlife.
However they can also be dangerous places. The difference in sea levels can be as much as eight metres between high and low tides and all estuary users should be familiar with current local tide tables.
Ask for local advice when exploring and fishing in unfamiliar estuaries. There is no general right of access away from foreshores.
Foreshores can be very muddy and inaccessible. Walkers are encouraged to experience estuaries from the footpaths or cycleways which follow the Taf Estuary between Laugharne and St. Clears, the Gwendraeth Estuary at Kidwelly Quay, and the Burry Inlet between Burry Port and Bynea, Llanelli.
Look out for fast-flowing river currents, shifting sandbanks, occasional quicksand, and soft mud. NEVER, EVER try to swim or walk across an estuary.
Shooting for wildfowl occasionally takes place on estuaries during the autumn and winter months. Shooting is not permitted on Sundays. Visitors should be particularly cautious when near saltmarshes or other areas frequented by ducks and geese.
Visit www.discovercarmarthenshire.com for more information about our local beaches.