Cardigan Bay Holiday Park lies in the tiny hamlet of Poppit in the Ceredigion region of West Wales.
The park is just 300 yards from the award winning Poppit Sands Beach, part of the beautiful Cardigan Bay area.
If you are looking for a relaxing seaside holiday in a rural scenic area then this is the holiday park for you!
We stayed at Cardigan Bay Holiday park for a one week U.K staycation in peak season hiring a luxury three bedroom static caravan. We loved every minute of our stay.
Cardigan Bay Holiday Park
Where is the holiday park?
The park is a one minute drive along a single lane paved road which leads off the road from St Dogmaels to Poppit Sands beach.
It is a just over 2 miles to St.Dogmaels where you will find restaurants, takeaways and shops. Larger supermarkets can be found 11 miles away in the bigger town of Cardigan.
What facilities are on site?
The site has a keycode barrier entrance for security and there is a 24 hour warden on site. As a result, we felt safe staying with children.
At the entrance to the holiday park is the reception area, bar, launderette, swimming pool complex and a visitors car park. Plus, there are two high quality holiday homes located here, each with a hot tub.
A well stocked on site shop sells essential food as well as soft and alcoholic drinks. The bar offers a substantial takeaway menu (including all important desserts!) that is comparable in price with off site facilities.
There are around 100 caravans on site so, compared to other caravan parks, this is not a huge sprawling site that takes you half an hour to walk across! This means that the main reception area is only a five minute walk from most of the caravans on the park. We found that this small size created a friendly atmosphere.
There are ample refuse facilities; we liked the excellent recycling options.
Each static caravan has its own outdoor space and outdoor seating area creating a good amount of space between caravans. So, unlike other parks we have stayed at, we could not hear noise from other caravans from inside our van.
Each caravan has an allocated parking bay alongside the central entrance ‘road’ – no parking is allowed next to your caravan. But as caravans are only placed 2-3 rows deep your car is just metres from your caravan. We liked no parking next to your pitch as it helped to maintain the aesthetics and quality of the green site as well as keeping the noise of banging car doors to a minimum.
Finally, there is safe, pedestrian access to the beach along a lovely shaded woodland path. In five minutes you will arrive at Poppit Sands and will save yourself car park fees.
What is there to do in the park?
The swimming pool complex, ‘The Cove’ is of impressive quality for a caravan park of this size.
The heated indoor pool has a retractable roof for warm summer days, an attractive waterfall and rock feature. Plus, there is a wooden bridge crossing over the top of the pool that kids will love.
There are two jacuzzies and the sunbathing patio adjacent to the pool is licenced.
The comfortable Club Lounge Bar is open all day providing soft drinks and WIFI access by day and a full bar facilities at night. During peak season, The Dolphin Bar provides family entertainment each evening. (Note – I cannot comment on the quality of the entertainment as it was suspended when we visited due to Covid restrictions).
For children there is a toddler play area, a climbing frame for older kids and a small football field with two goals. Plus there is a small amusements area with football table. This is more substantial than we have seen at most caravan parks we have stayed at and the equipment here was good quality and in excellent condition.
What is there to do in the local area?
Poppit Sands Beach is the major attraction for visiting Cardigan Bay Holiday Park; the expansive, pristine sandy beach is backed by low sand dunes and offers plenty of space for families. There is a gentle incline into the sea which is ideal for young swimmers and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. You will find it hard to tear yourself away from this unspoilt beach to do anything else!
Hikers will love the choice of excellent trails in this area, some of which are accessible from the holiday park itself.
We enjoyed a fantastic cross country hike over fields, rivers and through woodland to meet the sea that started from the rear of our caravan.
Plus, Poppit lies at the start of the 300 kilometre long Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (or at the end depending on which direction you walk)! The clifftop paths offer incredible views of the Welsh coastline and are well maintained with good signposting.
On a sunny day the sea is as blue as the tropics and you will see dolphins and seals in the water. We did several hikes with our children along the coastal paths and each one was breath taking.
In St Dogmaels there is the free to enter St Dogmaels Abbey ruins and Heritage Centre where a popular weekly produce market is held.
Cardigan offers a range of independent shops and the ruins of Cardigan Castle with its gorgeous Regency era gardens.
Plus there are several local companies offering tours and adventurous activities such as dolphin watching, sea kayaking, coasteering, and canoeing.
You can read our detailed guide on family friendly, budget things to do in Poppit Sands here.
Would I recommend Cardigan Bay Holiday Park?
Yes! We would love to return for another stay.
Firstly, the park is clean and well maintained and it is attractive, set amongst trees in a green valley. The sound of the river nearby adds to the rural feel.
Secondly, the staff we met were friendly and helpful – one maintenance worker stayed after working hours to fix an issue with our caravan.
Park facilities were spotlessly clean and never felt overcrowded. We enjoyed our pleasant outdoor space and we were never disturbed by noise.
It was a pleasant surprise to be able to be car free for most of our stay. We could walk easily and safely to the beach, access cross country hikes or walk along the coastal path. We could even walk to a pub or cafe.
Finally, one bonus we discovered (which you don’t find on many caravan parks) is that local supermarkets will deliver right to your pitch. We arranged a supermarket delivery for the evening we arrived on site and the order arrived on time with no problems.
Plus, several local restaurants will deliver takeaways to the park.
We have stayed in many privately owned and big brand static caravan parks with our children and this was by far the best holiday park we have stayed in.
How to make a booking at Cardigan Bay Holiday Park?
Bookings can be made direct with Cardigan Bay Holiday Park via their website or check the latest availability and price with Booking.com.
We booked our stay through a private owner via ukcaravans4hire.com. You can view our excellent caravan here.