As a local to Caswell and its nearby competing beaches i feel i am well placed to rate this beach.
Caswell is a picturesque beach on the south side of the Gower peninsula in south wales. It is about a half hours drive from Swansea City centre, and can also be easily reached by a regular bus service for a reasonable price. There is a pay and display car park right on the beach. Although for the majority of the year there is ample space in this car park, during the peak season this can become very full - particularly on sunny days. there is no free parking avilable.
The bay is enclosed by cliffs on each side, which contain a few hidden caves for the adventurous to find. The beach has a small stream running down the middle of it, but is so shallow it is easily crossed in shoes without getting your feet wet. There are few stones, only perfect sand right across it. When the tide is in most of the beach is cut off pushing all visitors into a small space, so things can get crowded.
The beach has toilet facilities and a few beach shops, selling the usual buckets and spades type merchandise, as well as chips, drinks etc. The beach is patrolled during the summer months by lifeguards.
Compared to some of its nearby rivals is very small - it is after all a bay, not a beach, but for those who like a wlak can take the cliff top path past langland bay to the mumbles, which has some stunning views.
Although it is not the best beach on Gower for surfing, Caswell is frequently used by local surfers, due to its proximity to Swansea and the proximity of the car park to the beach. When there is a good swell the waves are good enough for most surfers, although those wanting a bigger challenge would be better off visiting Llangenith on North Gower.
Caswells bggest probelm is its popularity. It is the beach of choice for tourists during the summer, meaning locals tend to go to less well known and often more picturesque beaches during these times. Caswells small size means it can get very crowded on sunny days.
I recomend Caswell to any vistors to the Gower, although don't be afraid to try some other less well known beaches also - they may not have the same facilities but make up for it by being quiet.
Caswell Bay is my favourite beach on the Gower Peninsula, where you are spoilt for choice and has all the ingredients for a perfect family day by the sea; there is a car park to the back of the beach (on hot summer days get there early. At high tide there is only a little bit of sand left but when the tide goes out there is a wonderful expanse of golden sand and I think the best place to sit is around the corner where you can get an alcove to yourself with an uninterrupted view of the sea in front of you.
At the back of the car park is a nature reserve you can explore although have never been able to drag myself away from the beach to do so! There is a cliff path you can walk along which will take you around to Langland Beach which gives you a fantastic view of the coastline and if I remember rightly should take about an hour or so.
Caswell Bay is one of the closes beaches on the Gower to Swansea. It's an easy place to get to (just follow the signs from Mumbles, or take the South Gower Road and follow the signs) and is family friendly. It's a hit with families and on hot, sunny days (yes, they do happen in Wales), it's hard to find a spot for your towel.
The facilities are good, with a toilet block, cafe, fast food stalls, the usual ice-creams, buckets, spades for sale right on the beach. You can also hire surfboards or even take a surfing lesson with 'Gower Surfing'. The surf is pretty good here and it's an easy walk down to the waves. Dogs are allowed on the beach from September to May. The car park is payable. But be warned, on a hot day, you can queue for a long time to get in (it'll be a one in, one out system). Most people get round this by parking on the side of the road and walk down the hill-it's not a bad option and a lot of people do it. You can get a bus here from Swansea, which might be worth considering on such days.
The beach itself spreads across about a mile and it's a lovely, clean, sandy beach. We chose this beach to have our Engagement party on. We had a BBQ and a games of rounders. I find it a very friendly beach, but do prefer it out of peak season, where you can nearly have the beach to yourself.
Summer’s here (believe it or not) and there will be some sun (I hope), so of course we’ll all be heading down to the beach to soak it up and maybe even do a little boogy boarding! So where’s the best place to go in South Wales? Caswell Bay of course! The Beach A mile long sandy strip looking over to Ireland (you have to have very very good – we’re talking Superman – eyesight to see it though!). The strong Atlantic waves make good surfing and reach heights of 10ft! Boogy boarding here is awesome and so easy. Boards can be hired or bought for a few pounds from the beach shop. The area is also very popular with climbers as there are plenty of rock formations. The beach is backed by loads of rock pools which make interesting viewing! You might also fancy a stroll around the hillside. There are wonderful views of the coastline. Facilities There are toilets – which are large enough for changing in and also a small row of beach shops selling food and cheesy souvenirs. Although they do sell those rather cool windmills which are a must for all beach-goers! There is a large and well-manned lifeguard station. In the summer there are lifeguards on duty from 9am – 5pm. They all seem to be gorgeous so I suggest you station your towels nearby! The beach also has specific areas for swimmers and for surfers. Getting There Caswell is situated on the other side of Mumbles from Swansea. From both the East and West take the M4 to Swansea... get yourself onto the A4067 (get off at J45) which runs into the Mumbles Road... just follow that along the coast. There is a large pay and display car park opposite the beach itself - £4 for a day. For those of you who are a little more energetic (or perhaps tight with the purse strings) it’s a lovely cycle, although being by the valleys it’s a strenuous one too! Alternatively there are regular buses from the Quadra
nt Centre. However, the last bus stop is about ½ km up the hill from the beach and after a hard day’s relaxing it can be a struggle climbing back up! Oh and there is no need to worry about the cleanliness – the bay has been approved by the Marine Conservation Society! Attractions Close By Should you get bored if Caswell Bay (perish the thought) there are several other lovely beaches along the coastal road - Langland Bay (which you will have passed on your way from Swansea to Caswell), Oxwixh Bay ( a few miles to the West) and Rhosilli Bay (about 5 miles to the West) are particularly good. Alternatively you can visit Swansea... enjoy the huge indoor plant centre = Plantasia... the cinemas... the bowling alley... the shops... or even the pubs! Cardiff is approx. 40 miles away which would be ideal for a day trip. Pembrey Country Park near Llanelli - approx. 15 miles away - is also worth a look!
I lived in S. Wales until I was 20yrs old and did not realise it's attractions until I left to live in England. All our summer family holidays were spent at Caswell Bay on the Gower. The Gower is situated a few miles West of Swansea. It is a beautiful unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty which is why it is almost totally National Trust. The beaches are magic - remote, golden sands, cliffs, some backed with sand dunes, some with ruined castles or ancient churches. The little villages are reached by narrow twisting country lanes, edged with wild roses, honeysuckle and a myriad other wild flowers.The quietness and emptiness of some beaches is due to the fact that one has to park the car a good distance away and walk along the footpaths to get to them.There are the bigger beaches that cater for sporting enthusiasts - windsurfers and water skiers and the like, but it is the adventures amongst the rock pools and caves, the gathering of wild flowers (now of course illegal) the walks along the cliffs, the shopping for food in the farm shops and watching the local delicacy "laver bread" being made that I remember.I've been to many countries including some lovely tropical islands in Indonesia, but I've seen no better beaches than those on the Gower.