It isn’t hard to find the best beaches in the island, there are so many to choose from and wherever you stand you’re not far away from any one of them!
Jersey makes an ideal holiday destination especially in the summer, it’s choice and range of beaches make it the perfect island for families to enjoy a traditional summer holiday.
The wind, if it’s blowing, will be a great decider in which beach to pick, if it’s blowing from the south west then head to one of the northerly beaches for shelter. If it’s coming from the east then the west and southerly beaches are perfect and quite frankly you’ll find nothing better.
St Ouen’s Bay
AKA ‘The five mile’ beach due to it’s length, this is a favourite with locals. Sitting as it does on the Atlantic coast making this a great spot for surfing for beginners and the experienced alike. There are a good choice of surf schools and lifeguards man the beach in several places where the currents are known to be strong.
Plenty of parking, toilets, bars, cafes and restaurants dotted along the bay.
Bus route no 22
St Brelade’s Bay
Recently voted the third best beach in Britain, this needs no introduction. A beautiful, picturesque bay, perfect sand, rocks to climb on, little harbour and great choice of water sports all add up to make this a fabulous choice to spend your holidays. The beach is manned by lifeguards throughout the summer months.
Kayaking, SUP and coasteering available, pre-booking essential.
Parking, on a good bus route, plenty of cafes and restaurants. Several toilets. Ramp onto the beach for disabled access.
Bus route no 12 & 14
The place to capture the sunset, a lovely sheltered beach on the south coast. The sandy bay features a tower in the middle on the rocks called ‘Janvrin’s Tomb’, great to explore but it does get cut off by the tide so take care. Lovely swimming and rock pools to explore. Great beach to while away a summer’s day.
There is a bit of a climb down the steps to the beach but well worthwhile.
Plenty of parking, pub at the top and during the summer a great wood fired pizza restaurant. No public toilets.
Bus route no 12
Crowned as one of the most beautiful beaches, facing south and steep cliffs all around makes this a sun worshippers paradise. It’s accessible by a fairly steep path thereby keeping the crowds at bay.
Parking at the top but no amenities.
Bus route no 12 & 22 and then approx half a mile walk.
On the North East of the island, Fliquet is a combination of smooth pebbles, sand and rocks and a great spot for beach combing. A whisper in your ear, “It’s a great place for finding seaglass“, (I’m going to regret having told you that!)
On a clear day one can get good views of the coast of France. With a slipway and a Martello tower it is a lovely unspoilt beach. Also a good beach to choose to shelter during the south westerly winds.
Parking and access are easy but there are no cafes or toilet facilities.
Bus route no 2 you’ll have to walk from St Catherine’s breakwater, around 400 yards.
A little further north will find you at the pretty fishing port of Rozel. There’s a little of everything here and when the tide is out it reveals some lovely soft sand. Head here in the morning as it loses the sun late afternoon due to it’s position. Plenty of good restaurants and cafes here, make sure you grab something to eat at The Hungry Man, a favourite haunt of the locals.
Parking can be a little tricky in the summer, restaurants, tearooms, toilet facilities.
Bus route no 3
Bonne Nuit Bay
A small working fishing harbour set amongst the cliffs on the North coast, this is a little gem.
Fairly sheltered with plenty of rocks to keep children amused, some sand and a great spot for picnics. Great for fishing trips and messing about in the water.
Limited parking, toilets and a good cafe.
Bus route no 4
A sandy and very photogenic cove on the north coast with rock pools, caves and beautiful sand, this bay has always been a favourite of generations of families. The sea here is a lovely place to swim or surf depending on the waves and tucked in under the cliffs you can find lovely warm sheltered spots for sunbathing.
Parking, good cafe and toilet facilities. Bit of a walk down and back up, lots of steps, so not good for people with disabilities.
Bus route no 8
Greve de Lecq Beach
One of the most popular of the beaches on the North of the island, Greve de Lecq has always been a favourite with holiday makers. It’s sheltered but large expanse of sand is a great attraction for families and a safe beach for children. Rocks with lovely pools to clamber amongst keep the adventurous happy.
Kayaking and coasteering available, pre-booking essential.
Good parking, several cafes and pubs, toilets facilities.
Bus route no 9
I haven’t mentioned every beach, leaving you plenty to explore and discover for yourselves.
I’m also keeping a few as a closely guarded secret!
For more information see Visit Jersey
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