Top 5 best beaches in County Wexford, ranked

Ireland’s sunny southeast has some incredible stretches of coastline; here are the five best beaches in County Wexford, ranked.

Wexford is set in one of the warmest corners of the country, known as the sunny southeast. It is home to many amazing beaches that are so darn beautiful that even Hollywood has chosen to film there on more than one occasion.

Whether it’s a walk along the coast, a day out with the kids, some adventure sports, or some sunbathing, there is a beach for everyone.

Some of these beaches might look mildly familiar, and that’s because you may have seen them in hit movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Brooklyn.

With 250 km (155 miles) of Wexford coastline, there are many beaches to explore. Not only is there an abundance of Blue Flag beaches, but there are 13 Green Coast beaches as well, meaning we are doing something great for the environment in those areas.

This will be a tough one, but let’s take a look at the five best beaches in County Wexford, ranked.

5. Ballymoney Beach – two beaches in one

Ballymoney Beach is certainly one of the best beaches in Wexford.
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If you’re heading to Ballymoney, you’ll have your choice of two local beaches: the north beach and the south beach.

The north is larger and sandier, while the south is smaller and offers shelter, perfect for those with kids or dogs. Not to mention the south beach has a small shop based in the car park, perfect for grabbing an ice cream on a hot sunny day.

Address: Ballymoney Lower, Ballymoney, Co. Wexford

4. Ballinesker Beach – for excellent water quality

You need to visit Ballinesker Beach.
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You guessed it; this is the beach just up the road from Curracloe Beach, where Steven Spielberg shot Saving Private Ryan in 1997.

It’s no surprise that this beach is also a Blue Flag beach because of its excellent water quality and many other environmental reasons.

The beach has a backdrop of grassy areas and sand dunes, so it’s ideal for kids wanting to explore. Thus, we had to include it on our list of the best beaches in County Wexford.

Address: Ballinruan, Curracloe, Co. Wexford

3. Rosslare Strand Beach – a go-to destination in Ireland’s sunny corner

Rosslare Strand Beach is one of the best beaches in Wexford.
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Located just beside the town of Rosslare, this spot is perfect for locals, holidaymakers, and, of course, anyone getting off the ferry from France.

Located in Ireland’s sunny southeast, the area is known to have at least 300 hours more sunshine than the rest of Ireland, and what better place to be to soak up the rays than a huge sandy beach?

Address: Doogan’s Warren, Rosslare, Co. Wexford, Ireland

2. Morriscastle Beach – Europe’s longest unbroken strand

Morriscastle Beach is Europe's longest stretch of sand.
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This longest holder of the prestigious Blue Flag title is an absolute gem in the crown of Ireland’s east coast.

In fact, it is actually the longest unbroken stretch of beach in Europe, stretching for a whopping 20 km (12.4 miles), a great place to practice social distancing!

This beautiful beach has lifeguards on hand during the summer months, and it is the perfect beach for swimming, making it one of the best beaches in Wexford. As well as this, kids of all ages love exploring the nearby sand dunes.

Address: Tinnacree, Co. Wexford

1. Curracloe Strand – the Hollywood set

Curracloe Strand tops our list of best beaches in Wexford.
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When people think of Ireland, they sometimes think of rugged wild beaches, which is true for some beaches around the country. But, what if we told you that in Wexford, you could find an impressive stretch of white sandy beach good enough for Hollywood?  

This beach is not such a secret, however. In fact, Curracloe Strand, a regular Blue Flag holder, has long since been a popular area with sunbathers, families, dog walkers (there’s a natural forest all along the inner coast), and holidaymakers alike.

Summer is bustling here, but you’ll find fewer people in the offseason. An absolute must-visit in Wexford!

Address: Coolrainey, Curracloe, Co. Wexford

It’s no wonder people flock from all over the country to holiday in Ireland’s sunny southeast, with its sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, sand dunes, historic landmarks, and adventure sports.

It’s worth noting that dogs are allowed on most beaches. However, they must be kept on a leash, so check the rules beforehand.

Dogs love nothing better than a good run on the beach, so next time you’re thinking of a nice spot to take the family and the fur babies, don’t forget to check out the 240 km (87 miles) long stretch of Wexford coast and, of course, our five best beaches in Wexford listed above.

For day goers, the beaches are perfect for a stroll, a picnic, or even a nice cold sundowner with the red sky above you. Ah, Wexford is the place to be!

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