Caswell Bay or Welsh Bae Cas-wellt (meaning straw fortress), is a beach on the south east of the Gower Peninsula, Swansea, Wales. It is a sandy beach popular with families, holiday makers and surfers, and it holds the covated Blue Flag status.
Caswell Bay has two cafes, which open all year round, as well as a beach shop. There is of course, ice cream too!
Our friend Lisa sampled the food in the Surfside Cafe and reported it was simple but delicious, saying her homemade burger meal was one of the nicest she’d ever had, and was reasonably priced too!
This is a good beach for families, there is a Lifeguard service 7 days a week from early May to the beginning of September.
The bay is also popular with surfers and there is a surf school here. However, swimmers should note that there is a nasty rip tide here, so it isn’t advisable to go out of your depth unless you are familiar with the conditions. Stay between safe bathing flags and you will be fine, literally don’t go past them even by a few metres – they are there for a reason.
You can also enjoy walks to other beaches along the coast, meandering up the cliff paths. If you don’t mind leaving the sea, the Bishop’s Wood nature reserve sits behind the bay, a rare example of a limestone woodland. The nature reserve is open to the public for unaccompanied visits at any time. Educational tours can be arranged through the Bishop’s Wood countryside centre.
After your day on the beach, if you are heading towards Mumbles, it’s worth mentioning that the pubs in Newton (at the top of the hill) offer good home cooked food at much cheaper prices than many of the eateries in nearby Mumbles itself. Of course, if you don’t mind staying a little longer, sunsets here are magnificent.
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