In Jersey, you are never more than 10 minutes from the sea, so if you’re visiting for a few days, you have the opportunity to explore some beautiful beaches and bays. Here are some of JerseyTravel’s team members favourites…
Havre des Pas
(Nuria, Product Executive)
During the years I worked for Ommaroo Hotel, I used to live there and, literally, Havre des Pas beach and the Lido swimming pool were just across the road, hence my local beach.
As a runner, very early in the morning, I used to start my day with a run down the beach. After that, my favourite thing to do was to relax by the lido and take in the views. As you can imagine, at that time of the day, I was often the only one there and I felt like I owned the place. Although I don’t live there anymore, I still do that sometimes.
The beauty of Havre des Pas makes for a place to visit any time of day, particularly between April and October when the weather is lovely. The beach is packed with both residents and visitors taking a dip, basking in the sun or doing a BBQ. I love watching the sunset there while sipping a Liberation Ale with my friends.
With its unique art-deco architecture, the Lido bathing pool is one of the island’s most iconic coastal buildings, sitting on its own man-made island and connected to the shore by a wooden board walk. There’s a waterside beach kiosk & bar that opens daily through the Summer.
If you’re looking for that curiously Brit…(ish) island feeling, spend some time at Havre des Pass while in Jersey. It’s located on the outskirts of St. Helier and on the number 1 bus route.
St. Ouen’s Bay
(Gina, Marketing Coordinator)
St. Ouen’s Bay is the longest beach in Jersey taking up nearly the entire 5 miles of the west coast of the island, and is my favourite.
A long sandy beach lined with sand dunes, this beach is a mecca for sports enthusiasts that like to surf in the Atlantic swell, race along the sand in Blow-Karts when the conditions are right, or even fly overhead Parasailing.
Whether an invigorating winter walk or a balmy summer day, the views are simply amazing. Looking out to sea, you’ll see two of Jersey’s most iconic landmarks. The circular Rocco Tower originally built in the 1800’s and used during the occupation by the German forces in the Second World war. And, just at the southern tip of the bay, you can also see the famous Corbière Lighthouse, which is accessible at low tide by walking across the causeway.
A day spent at St Ouen’s Bay will almost always turn into a late one, the west coast is the place to be for sunset, maybe a nice meal or a refreshing drink at one of the numerous bars and eateries dotted along. My favourite thing to do is a picnic or BBQ with friends!
You might be interested in accommodation options in the area: La Croix Guest House.
(Annie, Reservations Advisor)
Portelet is just the most magical and peaceful little bay, nestled among the cliffs of Jersey’s south-west coast.
The 200-something steps down are well worth the effort as at the bottom awaits a sheltered little beach with the softest sand overlooking a tidal island & Martello tower.
On one hand, you can walk across to the island at low tide. On the other hand, you can also swim around it in the clear blue waters or snorkel amongst the rocks at high tide. At sunset, when the golden light reflects off the pink granite, the whole bay gets dipped in a pale peach hue that feels as if you’ve stepped into a watercolour painting. And if you stay until nightfall, you can watch the moon rise, casting its glittering light over the water.
There is only one café, situated right on the beach which is family run and serves homemade cakes, woodfired pizzas & seasonal fresh fish. All their supplies are brought down to the bay by a motorised wheelbarrow on rails!
Best of all? You’ll easily work off your meal by climbing back up those stairs!
(Becky, Marketing & Development Manager)
This ‘off the beaten path’ beach is tucked away behind La Rocque harbour breakwater and you wouldn’t know it was there unless you were told (but luckily for you, now it’s not a secret anymore).
One of my favourite things about Robin Bay is that the sand is soft and golden like a Caribbean or tropical beach, plus the water is warm and shallow when the tide is in. Even on a windy day, the sea and beach can feel warmer than other places as it’s so sheltered by the nearby breakwater.
There are food and drinks available from the nearby Hard Rocque kiosk, and toilets are on the breakwater. Also, there’s free parking by the harbour wall and it’s on the number 1 bus route.
You might be interested in accommodation options in the area: Pontac House Hotel.
St. Brelade’s Bay
(Liz, Reservations Advisor)
It’s not only my preferred beach, but also a firm visitor favourite. I’d dare to say that St. Brelade’s Bay is Jersey’s most popular beach thanks to its golden sands, clear blue waters and excellent facilities.
During the Summer, I love to spend the days in the sun with my granddaughter and, of course, treat us to delicious ice-creams. It’s a great beach for families with plenty of room for sand castle making, playing petanque, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or a fun banana boat ride.
All the beach amenities you could need are available at St. Brelade’s, from hire of sun loungers, parasols and windbreaks to a selection of beach kiosks, cafes and restaurants, not to mention water sports companies and shops stocking essential beach supplies.
If you’re planning to visit St. Brelade’s beach, there are a number of public car parks along the length of St. Brelade’s Bay. The bay is also served by the 12a bus year round and the seasonal route 14 in Summer, on which an open-top bus operates on sunny days.