Kilkee's wide beach has the kind of white, powdery sand that's made the Caribbean, well, the Caribbean. Granted the waters are chilly and the winds often brisk, but in summer the strand is thronged with day-trippers and holidaymakers. The sweeping semicircular bay has high cliffs on the north end and weathered rocks to the south. The waters are very tidal, with wide-open sandy expanses replaced by pounding waves in just a few hours.
Kilkee (Cill Chaoi) first became popular in Victorian times when rich Limerick families built seaside retreats here. Today, it is well supplied with guesthouses, amusement arcades and takeaways, although good taste – mostly – prevails.