The historic town of Newport stands near the mouth of the River Nevern and it has two beaches - one on each side of the estuary. The Parrog is on the Southern side, nearest to the town and although it is sheltered the unpredictable currents around the river here make swimming dangerous. Newport Sands (or Traeth Mawr – Big Beach) is almost a mile of flat sand stretching across the bay below Newport Golf Course and it provides a safe and popular place to swim with summer lifeguard cover.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path can be joined from Newport and it is possible to see seals at almost any time of year. Dolphins and porpoises are often in the bay and in the summer months large groups or 'pods' can sometimes be seen in the waters close to shore. The cliffs around Newport abound with bird life, and attract bird-watchers during the summer months. There is a wheelchair accessible path from the Parrog car park which runs along the coast for 0.7km and access to the beach is easy with no steps or cliffs.
Car parking: At Newport Parrog there is limited parking near the yacht club and more parking near the Tourist Information Centre. For Newport Sands parking is at the beach head or at Newport Parrog. There is a charge for parking during the summer months. There is also limited parking on the sand.
Food: Newport town has a variety of shops, health food shops and coffee shops. There is a wide choice of pubs and restaurants with extensive menus, including locally caught sewin, lobster and crab.
Toilets: Near the yacht club and in Newport.
Lifeguards: During the summer (end of June to beginning of September) there is a safe swimming zone at Newport Sands manned by lifeguards. There is basic lifesaving equipment above the beach at other times of year.
Dogs are allowed year round but please be considerate to other beach users and remember you must always clean up after your dog.
Awards: Newport Sands has Seaside Award (Rural).
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