Of the twelve national parks in England and Wales the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only one that is predominantly sea-based, hugging the rippled coastline around the entire southwestern region of Wales.

There are a number of beaches and resorts around the popular area of St Brides Bay to the south of the park. Villages in the area include Solva, Newgale, Martin's Haven, Little Haven and Broad Haven, with St David's Head and Marloes Peninsula marking out the limit of the bay.

St David's is one of the most enchanting of the towns. This miniature city clusters around its cathedral at the westernmost point of Wales on a windswept, treeless peninsula of awesome ruggedness. From St David's you can take a boast trip to the beautiful Ramsey Island, its self part of the Pembrokeshire National Park. The island features 400 feet high cliffs teeming with thousands of breeding seabirds in spring and summer. Also here is the largest concentration of Atlantic grey seal in southern Britain.

The waters around St Brides Bay are ideal for keen surfers, particularly at Newgale Beach. The endless choice of beaches across the Bay means that it never gets overcrowded, and you can always view the spectacular scenery, while walking along the cliffs of the coastal path.

To the south of the Park off the coast at Tenby, its self a great place to visit is Caldey Island, one of Britain's holy islands. The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times. More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote and beautiful island a haven of tranquility and peace. Places to visit include the Caldey Abbey, the Old Priory, and the islands lighthouse.

The best way to ensure that you don't miss any of this magnificent National Park is to walk the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Crawling around this wriggly coast from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north the path generally clings precariously to cliff tops overlooking rocks teeming with wildlife.