Tenby’s Castle Beach has beaten off stiff competition from 422 other beaches around the UK, to be named as the Sunday Times Beach of the Year for 2019.

Chris Haslam, a travel writer at the Sunday Times, has made his annual choice for Beach of the Year after visiting a colossal amount of beaches, coves, and bays over the last 12 months, and has declared that Tenby Castle Beach be the recipient of the prestigious accolade.

Haslam also paid tribute to the “magic’ of the Welsh beach, saying:

“It’s not just the lovely people, the superb facilities or the sheer beauty of the place. There’s something else: a pure and powerful seaside magic that awakens everyone’s inner child.”

“It’s that quality that makes Castle Beach the runaway winner and the Sunday Times Beach of the Year 2019.”

Not only did Tenby’s Castle Beach come out on top, but Wales also had another seven beaches secure a spot in the top 40 list.

Near the summit, both Marloes Sands and Rhossili made the top ten, while Barmouth came in at 12, Porth Lago was at 22, Swanlake Bay at 26, Tor Bay, in Swansea, at 36 and Mwnt in Ceredigion came in at 37.

This proves that once again, when it comes to beaches, Wales, and Pembrokeshire in particular, are the best places to be.