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Caerfai Bay Caravan and Tent Park (Pembrokeshire)

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Address: St Davids Haverfordwest / Pembrokeshire / SA626QT / Tel: (01437) 720274

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      17.12.2010 16:17
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      A highly recommended site on the Welsh coast

      Caerfai Bay caravan park is a family-run camping and caravanning venue on the outskirts of St Davids, Pembrokeshire. It is situated by Caerfai beach and is located on a clifftop. It is about a 10 minute walk up a narrow road to St Davids. There is also a short downhill walk to the bay. There are also numerous cliff walks in the area. The site is open from March to the end of October. On arrival it is easy to see the reception area. The reception staff are very helpful and friendly and will answer questions about the local area. The reception area also contains a number of leaflets and pamphlets about the local area. You can also obtain icepacks from here for a small deposit. There are then one-way tracks which lead you first through the caravan field and then through to the camping fields. All pitches have some sea view. The first field also contains static caravans which can be rented. By the reception and in the second field there are additional facilities which include a family room, showers, toilets, family room and washing-up areas. There are also large rubbish and recycling bins. The pitches are wellkept and of a generous size. You are asked to attach a sign with your name on onto a stand there for identification and you are allowed to park near your pitch against the slope. A short walk from the site is a farm shop which I believe belongs to another campsite but is still ok for anyone to go in and buy from. However, it is more of a general shop selling camping appropriate foods and only a few bits of local produce. ST David's, however, despite being the UK's smallest city - so essentially a small town size really - has some lovely food stores including a wonderful deli and butchers. At the top of the road up from the campsite just before you turn into St Davids, there is a visitors centre which contains some information about the local area and an art gallery. St Davids also has a very lovely cathedral which you can have a look around for a small cost. The site is well-located for anyone who wants to have a look around Pembrokeshire - you can get to a lot of locations in a 30-40 minute drive including a variety of beaches and larger towns such as HaverfordWest. In conclusion, this is a really good site and we really enjoyed our time here. It is well-run and located. Whilst family-friendly it is still not overly noisy. The views from the site are fantastic and strategically placed hedges mean that you are largely protected from the full brunt of the weather. The facilities themselves are kept clean. However, I will say that I do not think that there are enough facilities in the block that is located within the camping field, in particular showers. I found myself frequently having to queue at various times of the day, also there was no room to keep the mop and bucket outside of the showers so if you needed the mop and bucket and it happened to be in another shower that was being used then you would not be able to keep yours clean. I also think they could have done with more washing up sinks. However, if you walk for just a few more minutes to the block by the reception - I found in general that these were a lot less busy - not least because these were situated by the caravan section where they are likely to have their own facilities anyway. The location of the site also allows you fantastic views of massive portions of St Bride's Bay and ST David's peninsula. Locationwise, it was difficult to imagine that there could be a more spectacularly situated site in the whole of Pembrokeshire. Its proximity to st Davids was good in that you were far enough away to be close to the sea and to get a bit of tranquillity but it was easy to get to somewhere in order to do some browsing and to get supplies. The road to drive up is narrow and you would have to give way to pedestrians and other vehicles a lot but this is a small price to pay for the location. When we went, which was during high season, the cost per night for a 4 man tent was £15.50 which I do not think was bad at all. We booked it via emailing the booking form that was on the website (http://www.caerfaibay.co.uk/test.html) to the owners and sending a cheque by post. Contact that we had with them prior to our stay was good an efficient and we were sent some more information by post prior to our arrival at the site. In conclusion, I would recommend this site as an efficient base for anybody wanting to explore the Pembrokeshire area. The breathtaking views and nearby walks make it a very special site indeed and I would definitely go again.

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