Curracloe Beach

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Location: Coolrainey, Curracloe, Wexford

Curracloe's white sandy beach stretches from Raven Point to Ballyconigar near Blackwater and is a stunning stretch of the Irish coastline. It is a particularly safe area for bathing and received the International Blue Flag award.

The golden strand is accompanied by hilly sand dunes where various plants bloom in spring and summer. The opening scenes of 'Saving Private Ryan' were filmed on the beach by Hollywood director Stephen Spielberg, with many Wexford locals joining the cast as supporting extras.

There is also a nature trail which runs through the dunes offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the local flora and fauna. While in Curracloe, take advantage of the Raven Point Wood walk, and you may be lucky enough to see red squirrels, grey seals and other wildlife.