We first visited here last year at the end of August - very few people then (and no lifeguard) even on a beautiful sunny day: a wonderful way to enjoy the expanse of sand and gently shelving beach and view.
This year in early August the beach is (relatively) busy but in no way crowded and there are two lifeguards in attendance. Very safe for swimming/bodyboarding - fun but not large waves: our 7 and 9 year old boys loved it.
Can be pretty breezy, though, even on the sunniest day - that can make for near-perfect days like today: bright blue sky and sea set against the bright green of the cove's slopes, no clouds, lovely fresh breeze, big, big sky. On greyer days the beach still has a majestic openness about it and is a fabulous place for a walk.
But on the practical side for a Summer's day, I'd recommend a windbreak, wetsuits for the water and maybe a fleece/hoodie for later in the day. (Oh, and a toilet roll for the beach bag for family emergencies - there are 2 portaloos back at the carpark, but they're not equipped). If only there were an ice-cream kiosk nestled behind the sand dunes for Summer as we found at Ventry beach in Dingle - didn't spoil the natural beauty but topped the family day off well. But that might just be asking too much. A fantastic beach in any event.
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