Surf’n’Stay: Beach-Side Accommodation

When it comes to catching the best waves in Wales sometimes the best answer is to literally camp out as close to them as possible.

Some of my best childhood memories are of camping trips out to the windy cliffs of Wales, whilst Dad was never one for surfing he loved to take us out on camping trips.

He was truly in his element when he arrived on a campsite; he could erect a tent in less than five minutes and have the best bacon sarnies you’ve ever tasted whipped up in a jiffy so that you could get your feed and rush out to grab the best surf whilst the beach was at its quietest.

In the last few years I’ve been taking my boys out on more camping trips and whilst my bacon is yet to live up to my Dad’s, I think I’m slowly getting the hang of it!

Now, I understand that camping’s not for everyone, so I’ve collected together a handful of accommodation options that have worked for me in the past. The one thing they all have in common is a close proximity to some cracking surf:

Glamping at Surf Snowdonia

The consistent, artificial waves at Surf Snowdonia make it one of the best places in Wales to learn how to get upright – however it also makes for a great base for the rest of your trip in Wales. A stay in one of their glamping pods puts you in the heart of Snowdonia with further options for hiking and cycling. You can also make the most of their fantastic on-site café and bar whilst you’re there!

Ty Halen at Morfa Nefyn

Thinking of getting a big crew together for your next surfing staycation? This awesome beach house is just a 5 minute walk away from a beach with some cracking breaks and it also happens to be in one of the prettiest villages in Wales. Coming complete with a good sized hot tub and games room, this is a great place for a large family or group of surfers who are looking for a picturesque place to stay and surf.

The Oxwich Bay

Thanks to a recent trip to the Forest of Bowland my opinion on caravans has been swayed, so whilst you won’t find me jumping to buy a static home any time soon, you will find me recommending this excellent offering at Oxwich Bay. Whilst a little basic in terms of décor, these caravans are great value for surfers looking for a roof over their heads and a nearby beach to surf at, they also put you in driving distance of the rest of the Gower Peninsula – great for experienced surfers.

Whitesands Camping

This is the campsite that my Father used to take me to as a child. Perched on the westerly tip of South Wales, this small campsite is within spitting distance of the renowned Whitesands Beach and just a short drive away from the tiny city of St. David’s. Although the beach is super busy throughout summer, as the day winds down it empties out and becomes a peaceful BBQ and chill-out spot for the campers.

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