Wexford beaches are widely considered to be some of the best in Ireland.
And that’s saying something when you consider some of the incredible beaches in Ireland that they’re up against!
Regardless of whether you’re looking for watersports, surfing, kitesurfing, building sandcastles or just chilling and wriggling your toes in the sand, there’s an endless number of beaches in Wexford to explore.
Wexford beaches: A guide to the best of the bunch
The mighty County Wexford has over 250km of coastline with a plethora of beaches and 7 of these have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for clean water.
A further 13 beaches in Wexford are Green Coast beaches with high environmental excellence. It was a tough choice, but we’ve picked 9 of the best below.
1. Curracloe Beach
First up is the mighty Curracloe beach in Wexford. This sandy spot has fine, soft sand and pristine dunes blanketed in waving marram grass. Featured in several films including Brooklyn, the seven-mile beach is backed to the south by The Raven Nature Reserve.
If you’re looking for beaches in Wexford for a ramble, the 10km Raven Loop walk takes in both beach and forest scenery. The extensive beach has 500 parking spaces and three access points at Ballinesker, White Gap and Culleton’s Gap.
This is one of many Wexford beaches that is popular for shore fishing and beach horseriding (from the nearby Equestrian Centre). There are good facilities including toilets at White Gap and Ballinesker, a Surf Shack, beach café and lifeguards in summer.
2. Duncannon Beach (one of our favourite Wexford beaches)
Facing south, Duncannon Beach is one mile of glorious golden sand stretching from Duncannon village to the River Barrow estuary. Protected from strong waves, this is one of the top beaches in Wexford for swimming.
However, note that there’s only a lifeguard on duty during the busy summer months. Park beside the beach (or even on the sand if you have a 4×4 vehicle). There are toilets and a beach café.
Walk to the north end of Duncannon Beach to see the fort, built in 1588 (you’ll recognise it if you read our guide to the best things to do in Wexford). It now houses a maritime museum, art gallery and café.
You might recognize the imposing fortifications from the film The Count of Monte Cristo. Don’t miss the Sand Festival, sand sculpting, crab fishing competitions, kitesurfing and fireworks events every August.
3. Rosslare Strand Beach
Rosslare is a popular holiday resort with a gorgeous beach and easy access from the main car park. Alternatively, park in the town and enjoy swimming and walking on the dog-friendly beach.
Reputedly “the sunniest spot in Ireland” with 300 more hours of sunshine than elsewhere, the beach stretches south from Wexford Harbour for a mile or so.
The sheltered beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles, popular with families and has summer lifeguards. You can book sailing, windsurfing and kayaking lessons and rent wetsuits and watersports equipment from the beachside sports centre.
4. Ballymoney Beach
Ballymoney Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Wexford and the only downside is that it can be difficult to find parking on sunny days.
At high tide, there are actually two sandy beaches separated by a rocky outcrop. The North Beach is accessed by a path over the rocks and is longer and sandier than South Beach.
The sand on both of these Wexford beaches is fairly firm. Keep your eyes open for sightings of the friendly local seal. The main car park has a shop for ice cream and refreshments and the beach has toilets and lifeguards in summer.
Fancy staying nearby? You’ll find some very funky accommodation near Ballymoney Beach in our guide to the most unique Airbnbs in Wexford.
5. Cahore Beach
Cahore Beach is a scenic spot with soft golden sand, easy access from the car park and there’s also a pier.
Said to be one of the longest beaches in Ireland, extending south from Cahore village, it is shielded by dune hills reaching over 50 feet (15m) in height with rocky areas in places.
There are superb sea views from the new cliff walk that runs from the pier to Cahore South Beach. Calm waters make it popular with locals, visitors and fishing enthusiasts. Climb the Nuns Steps and finish the day with a meal at the nearby restaurant.
6. Courtown Beach (one of the most popular beaches in Wexford)
Courtown is one of the loveliest beaches in Wexford with fine sand and coastal defences separating it from the dunes and woodland. It is a fairly narrow beach around the access points, widening further north.
As well as being a Blue Flag beach, Courtown has a lifeguard station for safe bathing. Just below the pier the shorter beach is known as South Beach.
This area is unsuitable for swimming and is consequently quieter. Once you’ve had your fill of sandcastles, pop into the nearby Seal Rescue Sanctuary and see the work involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned seals.
7. Morriscastle Beach
One of the most visited beaches in Wexford is Morriscastle, part of a sheltered stretch of sand south of Cahore that’s known as The Golden Mile, although it’s far longer than the name suggests!
This picturesque beach has dune-backed golden sand for swimming and playing on the firm sand. There are lifeguards in summer.
It’s popular for shore fishing competitions, beach walks and seal spotting. There’s a free car park, toilets and beach wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.
8. Carne Beach
Out of the many Wexford beaches mentioned above and below, Carne Beach is arguably the most frequently missed by those visiting the county.
Head south to Carne Beach near Lady’s Island Lake, one of the best beaches in Wexford when it comes to facilities.
As well as the beautiful sandy beach there’s a pier, boat ramp, parking with disabled parking spaces and toilets. Open year-round, Carne Beach Pier offers superb views of the boats coming and going from the harbour.
There’s a sheltered beach break for surfing with the best conditions in winter delivering wind swells and both left and right-hand waves.
9. Ballinesker Beach
North of Curracloe Beach, Ballinesker is a 3-mile long sandy beach noted for its fine white sand and seashells. It is part of the continuous sand that extends 10 miles from Raven Point to Ballyconniger Head.
It was featured in the Steven Spielberg film as Omaha Beach, Normandy in the scenes portraying the D-day landings in the film Saving Private Ryan.
The road runs parallel to the beach providing ample parking and easy access over the dunes. Popular for windsurfing, the beach has a small car park and wooden walkway to the sand along with toilets and lifeguards.
Now you’ve seen the highlights of Wexford beaches you can find the perfect beach to suit your needs, whether it’s walking, fishing and watersports or a quiet solitary walk with just the wind and waves for company.
The best beaches in Wexford: Which ones have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some brilliant Wexford beaches in the guide above.
If you’d like to recommend a beach in Wexford, you can do so in the comments section below. Cheers!