Positioned on the eastern side of Tutt Hill and with great views towards the Mumbles Lighthouse, Bracelet Bay is a charming stretch of sand and pebble that is almost always quieter than nearby Langland or Caswell.
Children can spend hours searching for hermit crabs, sea anemones and shrimps in the sculpture-like forms of the rock pools. These limestone formations are the reason Bracelet Bay has been designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Look closely and you will see the shapes of ancient fossils indented into the rocks.
When the water is calm the bay can be good for swimming, though you should be very aware of the strong currents here and it’s best not to swim beyond your depth. Many a ship has fallen foul of these strong rips, including the first ever Mumbles lifeboat disaster in 1883.
If you fancy a bite to eat, head to the iconic Castellamare café overlooking the beach. This serves great pizza and pasta dishes and has a fine dining restaurant adjacent to the main café.
Bracelet Bay is located around the headland between Mumbles Village and Langland Bay. The coast path makes it an easy, pleasant stroll from either direction. If you don’t fancy the walk you’ll find a large car park behind the beach – a great place to stop and take in the views.
The beach is lifeguarded from May to September. Dog owners should be aware that the beach is off limits to dogs during this time.
On the other side of Tutt Hill you will find the smaller but equally picturesque Limeslade Bay