They don’t call it the Sunny South East for nothing. Wexford receives more hours of sunlight per day than any other county in Ireland, and when that sun shines, there is no better place to be than on the beach.
The Model county is well known as being one of Ireland’s most popular summer holiday destinations. No Irish summer would be complete without a Tayto sambo (served with sand on the side) and a (lukewarm) flask of tea on a beach in Wexford before going back to the caravan for a few superquinn sausages on the barbecue. I can almost taste the nostalgia.
Wexford Coast is spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches, and if we were to find any problem with this whole situation, it’s that choosing one is no easy task. That’s why we’ve done all the hard work and put together this list of Wexford’s top 5 beaches so that you have nothing to worry about.
5. Ballymoney Beach
This is a beautiful little blue flag beach conveniently located within a stone’s throw of the town of Gorey and only an hour from Dublin. During peak times there’s a lifeguard on duty and you can expect throngs of people in the water and soaking up the sun on the beach.
Don’t stress though, you won’t have to fight someone off for a spot for your towel. This beach is just about big enough for everyone to have a little bit of privacy.
If this special little beach takes your heart and you’d like to spend more time in the area, you can stay in nearby Seafield Hotel and Spa for a bit of luxury or check out this unique Airbnb with incredible sea views, a grassy lawn which stretches down to the beach and a special charm we don’t think you’ll forget easily.
4. Duncannon Beach
This beach is a must if you find yourself in the south of the county. Duncannon beach and the village of the same name are uniquely located on the Hook Peninsula with spectacular views towards Hook Head Lighthouse and across the water to Waterford.
This is an ideal beach for small kids and families as there is a mile-long section of the shore designated for bathing and there are lifeguards on duty during the summer months. There are also male, female and disabled toilets and plenty of car parking space.
3. Morriscastle Beach
Morriscastle beach is what can only be described as paradise. Think long stretches of golden white sand, grassy green sand dunes and small waves lapping the shore. This beach is postcard perfect so make sure you take loads of photos and that you take in every inch of the spectacular scenes.
Morriscastle is a fantastic family holiday destination. There are several holiday campsites just beside the beach with excellent facilities for kids so that they’ll never be bored. If you forget any of the essential beach day items, the even more essential camping gear or you just feel hungry or in need of a nice bottle of wine Lawler’s shop just beside the beach car park has everything you need.
2. Cahore Beach
Cahore Pier is a summer institution in Wexford, particularly for those who enjoy jumping off it and messing around in the water below as soon as the school holidays roll around. Near the village of Ballygarrret, Cahore is a small seaside village with an idyllic pier that attracts lots of holidaymakers and locals during the good weather.
There is a small rocky beach just beside the pier but for a real treat walk approximately 10 minutes south from the pier along a grassy cliff top path, and you will reach an unforgettable sandy white beach that stretches along the coast and actually becomes Morriscastle beach.
1. Curracloe Beach
There is no doubt that the Wexford coastline is blessed with beautiful beaches, but this one comes out on top. Stretching 11 magnificent kilometres from Blackwater to Ravens Point, Curracloe is spectacular and was actually used as the location for the D-Day sequence in the Hollywood blockbuster, Saving Private Ryan. Once you see it, it’s obvious why they had to choose it as the location for this incredibly dramatic scene.
Apart from enjoying the amazing beach, there is also loads to do in the surrounding area. Raven’s point forest offers plenty of woodland walks, and paths you can explore and the nearby Wexford Wildlife Reserve in the Sloblands is well worth the visit. You can also try your hand at surfing with the Surf Shack. You can find them at the main Curracloe car park, and they offer surf rentals and lessons as well as delicious coffee, sweet treats, and stonebaked pizza.