Miles of glorious white sandy beach in Ireland’s sunny south east
The beach the beach the beach the beach…that’s all you need to know really. Curracloe camping is in Co. Wexford nestled in the sunniest and warmest (most of the time) corner of Ireland. It’s our go-to camp site not only because it’s close (1 hour 20 minutes door to door) but because it’s so gorgeous and easy. The beach is just stunning. Long and wide, but not too wide, spotlessly clean with fine white sand, it’s really safe for swimming and sheltered by rolling sand dunes perfect for dune surfing.
The camp site is just behind the dunes, about a 5 minute walk from the beach. Its kind of redundant to say a camp site is laid back – every camp site is laid-back – but Curracloe camp site is particularly chilled. There’s no marked out plots so you pitch where you like. They don’t have a reception, so on arrival you pop in to the on-site restaurant, and they’ll tell you where to go. And unless its a bank holiday weekend, you generally don’t need to book. Although with the recent announcement that the hugely popular Morriscastle Holiday Park, just north of here, will no longer offer a camping option, Curracloe can expect to get a lot busier.
The ‘Saving Private Ryan’ beach
Curracloe beach is well known as the location for the opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s World War 1 movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’, a stand in for Omaha beach in Normandy where the Allies landed on D-Day. It was also used for the Irish beach scene in the movie adaption of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn.
Curracloe camp site is situated on Ireland’s south east coast in Co. Wexford. It is within the ‘Raven Special Protection Area’ which is an important bird and nature reserve. It’s a 15 minute drive to Wexford town and just under two hours from Dublin city.
Toilet and shower blocks, campers kitchen with fridge and freezer. Power and water taps for all campers/caravans and at some pitches. Laundry service available at extra charge. Playground, tennis courts, crazy mini golf, on-site restaurant. Campfires are allowed off-ground.
Suitable ForTents, campervans and caravans. Families, groups, couples and singles. Dogs allowed.
ShoppingFor supplies, there’s a small supermarket in Curracloe village (3 minute drive) and also in Blackwater (10 minute drive). Wexford town (17 minute drive) has a SuperValu, Lidl, Aldi and Tesco.
Eating outThe restaurant on-site, Da Paulo, serves Italian and Irish food including really good pizzas. Service is good and staff are particularly friendly. In Curracloe village (3 minutes drive) there’s the Tavern Bar or Blake restaurant in Curracloe Hotel. Or head to Wexford less than 20 minutes away where there’s lots of options for every budget.
At the camp site: Swimming, surfing, dolphin and seal spotting, dune boarding, SUP. Boards and wet suits can be rented from The Surf Shack (open March to December). Long walks on the beach. Great spot for frisbee / kite-flying depending on wind. Walks and picnics in Raven forest.
Closeby: Play the slot machines or buy icecreams at Wexford institution ‘The Winning Post’ just down the road.
Horseriding, vist the petting farm in Blackwater which also has go-karts, a tractor track and indoor bouncy castle. Wexford wildfowl reserve.