Curracloe Beach

Beach in County Wexford

Soft white sand, gentle surf and lack of development are the most appealing features of the 11km-long, Blue Flag–rated Curracloe Beach. On sunny days families flock to the beach, but due to its vast size you can easily find a half-acre to call your own. The strand doubled for Omaha Beach in the famous D-Day opening scenes of the movie Saving Private Ryan (1998). The beach is 13km northeast of Wexford, signposted at various points along the R741 and R742 roads.

There are good walking trails through the pine forests and sand dunes of Raven Nature Reserve at the south end, and it's possible to cycle to the beach from Wexford town, via waymarked cycle route 2 – ask for a map at the tourist office.