With 200 km of coastline, and a majority of this carpeted in beautiful, golden sand, it’s no wonder that Wexford boasts over 25 different beaches, some of them renowned for their Hollywood status, others for the title of longest stretch of golden sand in Ireland and other equally impressive accolades. To navigate the list and find your favourite, follow our insider tips for or a beach for every preference.
For families – Duncannon Beach on the Hook Peninsula has a lifeguard on duty throughout the holidays making it a suitable beach for the bucket and sand brigade! It’s sheltered location from heavy waves makes it a safe swimming beach for kids. Curracloe Beach is another option for safe swimming conditions and a regular holder of the Blue Flag beach status.
For long walks – You can’t go past Courtown for its long stretch of sandy beach, ideal for walking barefoot with an ice-cream, or deep in your own thoughts. Alternatively, Morriscastle beach bears the distinction of being Europe’s longest continuous stretch of beach, extending for over 15kms from Curracloe to Cahore Point. You’ll find a coastal trek that connects Baginbun to Carnivan beach, which makes for a great hike.
For sunbathing – Most of Wexford’s beaches are plumb with soft sand, and because there’s such a wide choice, within a short drive, they don’t tend to find themselves over crowded. You can’t go past Curracloe Beach, a 13km oasis of golden sand that’s nicely sheltered from the wind or Morriscastle Beach which is sheltered by sand dunes. Duncannon Beach also has a designated ‘mile’ of golden sand for sun bathing. Take your pick!
For activity – Rosslare Strand is a hub of activity for the sporting enthusiast, where you can enjoy kayaking, sailing, or windsurfing amongst other water sports. Ballinesker Beach, where Saving Private Ryan was filmed, is suited to bird-watching and collecting sea-shells, whilst Carnivan Beach is enclosed either side by cliffs, making it an ideal spot for body boarding and other water pursuits.
For fishing – Kilmore Quay is steeped in a maritime history and is a hub of activity for fishing. Look out for playful seals in the harbour! Alternatively, the lesser known Dollar Bay and Booley Bay on Hook Peninsula are great fishing options as large quantities of flatfish, dog fish and bass group here.
For surfing – The Surf Shack, a tiny little shack on Curracloe beach is the gateway to Wexford’s surfing scene and offers lessons and rental of boards and suits. Alternatively the onshore breezes make Ballyhealy Beach is a good spot to catch a break too.