1. Barafundle Bay
If you close your eyes and imagine the perfect secret beach, you’re not going to be far off conjuring up an image of Barafundle Bay. This Pembrokeshire pearler isn’t easy to get to but it rewards those who are willing to make the effort, with golden sands and some of the clearest waters in Wales. The nearest car park is half a mile of difficult climbing and traipsing away, so you can guarantee that Barafundle will be somewhat quiet when you visit. Don’t forget to check the tide times, though, lest you be swept out to sea. That would be unfortunate. Stackpole is the nearest town, some two miles away.