Newsletter from Nature Trails

National Geographic recently voted Pembrokeshire the second best coastal destination in the world, sharing second place witth the Tutukaka coast in New Zealand and beating places like the Seychelles, Bermuda and Costa Rica. The magazines’ experts rated 99 of the world’s great islands, coastlines and beaches for sustainability and authenticity.

Their top 15 which included Pembrokeshire – were chosen because they are in excellent shape, relatively unspoiled and are likely to remain so.

The panel was made up of well travelled experts in many fields, including historic preservation, sustainable tourism, ecology, geography, site management, indigenous cultures, archaeology, travel writing and photography.

Pembrokeshire was applauded for having a “very mature and established tourism industry” that has preserved, rather than eroded, the qualities that make this region so unique. Other comments from the panel include:

“Fabulous example of coastal protection with very established tourism industry.”

“Magnificent protected coastline from both ecological tourism and geological perspectives.”

“The seafood and food grown in the adjoining fields are culinary treats.”

“Land-based and marine-based conservation tourism appeals to all ages.”

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Councillor Rob Lewis: “This is wonderful news from such a prestigious organisation as National Geographic. “It is quite some achievement, especially when you consider that Pembrokeshire was competeing against some stunning locations from all over the world.”