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The golden sands of Brittas Bay, between Wicklow and Arklow, stretch into the distance
Looking north over Brittas bay

Brittas Bay (Irish: Cuan an Bhriotáis) in County Wicklow, Ireland is a 4 km stretch of beach on the Irish Sea coast. The beach is accessed from the R750 regional road which runs parallel to the beach, separated from it by extensive areas of sand dunes. The beach and associated dunes are very popular as they are close to Dublin and are one of the most frequented beaches by residents of the capital of during the summer.

Brittas, as it is commonly known (there is a place of the same name on the Dublin/Kildare/Wicklow border; see Brittas, Dublin), has been a summer holiday home for Dubliners since the 1950s. It brings together a mix of permanent residents and day trippers.

The busiest time of year in Brittas Bay is the public holiday on the first weekend in August (the August Bank Holiday) which brings hundreds of people down from Dublin to camp on the beach or in the dunes.

Parts of the movie The Count of Monte Cristo starring Jim Caviezel was filmed here.

The main beach suffered extensive catastrophic erosion in the last month of 2009. The beach has been severely damaged and is currently very dangerous.

Coordinates: 52°53′N 6°03′W / 52.883°N 6.05°W / 52.883; -6.05


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