Dogs are welcome! Before we get started, it’s important that we highlight a few simple rules that apply on Jersey beaches for dogs and those who accompany them. Between 1st October and 30th April each year, you do not need to use a lead and dogs can be exercised on the beach at any time. Between 1st May and 30th September, on all beaches, dogs must be kept on a lead between 10:30 and 18:00. Please also pick up after your dog and prevent them from chasing or disturbing wildlife.
Other than that your four legged friend is free to frolic to their heart’s content. Life is quite simply, a beach.
Many of the best beaches in Jersey offer easy access for people with limited mobility. At several of the most popular spots, the BeachAbility charity has also made its fantastic beach wheelchairs available; these robust yet comfortable chairs make it easy for wheelchair users to explore the beautiful coast and are completely free of charge. All you need to do is contact BeachAbility 24 hours beforehand to ensure there will be a volunteer present to hand over your wheelchair when you arrive.
Before packing your beach bag, be sure to check the up to date weather forecast along with today's tide times.. The tidal range is Jersey is much higher than you may have experienced in other places, and the tide comes in extremely quickly in some places. It's important to stay vigilant, don't venture too far out at low tide and always be aware of the closest safe way off the beach.
This beach is a hidden gem and a suntrap, nestled on the South West of the island! It's not easily accessible, making it ideal for families with older children or couples looking for a more secluded spot. The steep steps that lead down from the car park are worth the effort, as you will be gifted with fabulous views. Once you reach the bottom you'll find a wonderfully sheltered south-facing beach with golden sand and shallow turquoise water that is perfect for a dip.
The wild beauty and unique charm of Ouaisne (pronounced 'way-nay') will captivate you. This beach is located at a right angle to St Brelade's Bay. At low tide you can stroll between the two beaches across the sand, or tale the more challenging scenic route across the pine-rich headland, and along the sea wall alongside L'Ouaisné Common. The contrast between the pale sand and the dazzling blue of the sea at Ouaisne Bay is simply stunning.
Stairway to heaven? Climb down the long flight of steps and a sheltered suntrap of a beach awaits you. Portelet Bay is a great spot for those who like a little history alongside their holiday. The offshore island here known as 'Janvrin’s Tomb' was the last resting place of Philippe Janvrin, a Jerseyman and the captain of the Esther. The Esther was a trading boat that travelled from Jersey to France, but during the outbreak of the plague in Europe, boats were not allowed to dock in Jersey's harbours. So they anchored off Portelet, where on the second day of quarantine, Captain Janvrin passed away, and was subsequently laid to rest on the island. Today Portelet Bay is a popular spot for locals to enjoy an early evening picnic and a paddle.
A firm favourite among locals and tourists alike, St. Brelades Bay is nothing short of stunning! With soft sand, safe swimming, water sports and seaside cafés and restaurants, it is one of the island's busiest beaches during the summer months. Often found in lists of the UK's best beaches, and almost certainly one of the most photographed, make sure to set some time aside to soak up the vibes and the sunshine at this must-visit beach!
A lively, family friendly beach with bright soft sand that stretches almost 5km from St. Helier to St. Aubin. If you love basking in the sun while the kids build sandcastles, this is your beach. For the more adventurous, jet-skiing hire is available from Jersey Sea Sport Centre. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants dotted along the beachside promenade, for those all important cool drinks and ice creams. At the St. Helier end of this bay you'll find the Marine Lake tidal pool, built during the Victorian era and providing a safe and sheltered place to swim at low tide, in the shadow of the majestic Elizabeth Castle.
Located just a short 10-minute stroll from the centre of St. Helier lies this iconic beach and promenade, looking much the same as it did at the turn of the 20th century when well to do holidaymakers strolled beside the sand after dinner. At low tide The Lido bathing pool stands out with it's characteristic art-deco design, occupying it's own man-made island and connected to the shore by a wooden boardwalk. Here you can swim safely in both the pool and the sea.A number of eateries and convenience shops can be found in the Havre des Pas area.
Feel the power of Atlantic waves. St Ouen's Bay is a natural playground for surfers and adrenaline seekers. Home to Jersey Surfboard Club, one of the oldest surfing clubs in Europe, come and learn why Jersey surfers return here again and again. For those whose passion is exploring the coast on foot, the strong winds and big waves make for an exceptional backdrop for coastal walks whatever the season. Strong currents make this beach hazardous at times, so make sure you stick to the flagged zones! Patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during the season, this is a beach where respect for the water is especially important.
Located on the north coast, this small natural harbour is a hidden gem, sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds by towering cliffs. Although swimming is not recommended here due to frequent boat traffic, at low tide the sandy shore offers room enough for play and relaxation. If you like fishing, this beach is perfect. You can cast your line from the harbour wall and bask in the sun while anticipating a catch of wrasse, bass and the occasional garfish.
Bouley Bay is surrounded by the highest cliffs on the island, towering at heights of up to 400 feet. The steep and winding road down into the bay rewards adventurers with a pebble beach and deep waters, making for a great spot for sea swimming, or for divers seeking a challenge. The bay is home to Bouley Bay Dive Centre which offers equipment and excursions for all levels of diver. For those who prefer to admire the local marine life from above the waves, there are many rockpools waiting to be explored.
If St Brelade's Bay is the southerly staple of any Jersey beach guide, then Grève de Lecq is the must-visit spot of the north and extremely popular with locals. It's sheltered sands, shallow waters and multitude of rock pools are ideal for families to pass the time building sandcastles, paddling and exploring, especially during the morning and early afternoon when the beach is bathed in sunshine. Visitors also praise the brilliant stretch of coastal path which lines this beach.
A pristine sandy cove reachable by a long flight of steps, where the intrepid are rewarded with a stunning natural playground of rock pools, sea caves, waterfalls and an excellent beach café perched on the cliffs. The cliffs surrounding the beach give Plemont a distinct character making this a fantastic spot for photographers, who may even be lucky enough to capture dolphins frolicing just outside of the bay. For those of you who want a bit of natural drama with your beach visit, this is the spot. Beware - the beach is completely covered at high tide, so be sure to check the tide times before you head out to avoid disappointment!
Natural beauty and irresistable charm intertwine at Rozel. The quaint bay is lined by fishing huts and cozy harbour side cottages, creating a delightful fishing village atmosphere. While Rozel is known more for it's fishing harbour than for swimming, it is a great spot for those with young children who want some space to roam around and build marvellous sandcastles, but be sure to check the tide times to ensure the tide is out when you arrive. Rozel offers brilliant vistas towards France. For those who prefer their dining nice and casual the Hungry Man harbour side beach kiosk is an iconic place to enjoy a crab sandwich, bacon roll or towering mug of hot chocolate. Similar to Bonne Nuit, at high tide the harbour offers anglers a great spot for a few hours of very enjoyable sea fishing.
A brilliant spot for those who prefer their beaches to feel like a secret waiting for them to find than a tourist hotspot. Known for being a quiet and rarely crowded, this east-facing stretch of sand catches the morning and midday sun so is the perfect stretch of beach for those who rise early and like a little peace and quiet. The calm sheltered waters of Anne Port make for a very pretty stretch of pebbly sand and is a safe swimming spot, so make sure to pack your swimsuit and towel. This bay is also very popular with local paddle boarders, particularly beginners.
Located on the east coast of Jersey, Archirondel beach is bathed in sunlight during the morning and over lunchtime, creating an ideal setting for beach activities of all kinds, ahead of the afternoon crowds. The beach is pebbly at high tide, but the sand emerges along with shallow waters at low tide, making it a great spot for young children to enjoy a safe paddle. What sets Archirondel beach apart is it's captivating striped Martello Tower. Built on a rocky outcrop in St. Catherine's Bay back in 1792, Archirondel tower served as a former garrison for artillery soldiers. In the present day it can be hired as a unique holiday let, owned by Jersey Heritage.
A beloved sunbathing spot among locals, this sheltered south coast beach is the island's most southerly point and a real sun trap! Green Island is where rock climbers, sandcastle builders and rock poolers can explore together. The water here retreats for over a mile out on the lowest tides, revealing a universe of fascinating rockpools to explore, but also meaning it's particularly important to be mindful of the incoming tide so as not to become cut off. The safest way to explore or paddle is to stay close to the shore. The car park can fill up quickly on sunny days, so arrive early to grab a convenient spot close to the beach, or take the number 1 bus from St. Helier.
Another spot for budding marine biologists, La Rocque has a small sandy beach harbour and a plethora of rock pools to discover. Take caution on the beach though, the tide comes right up to the harbour wall when it's at it's highest - don't get stranded on the rocks with the incoming tide! With free parking and on a regular bus route, this beach is easy to get to and has a beautiful breakwater for those who fancy a gentler stroll without getting sand on their shoes. On the farside of the breakwater intrepid travellers will find Robin Bay, a sunny sheltered corner offering the softest powdery sand. It's something of a hidden secret among locals seeking a peaceful day on the beach, so don't tell anyone we told you!
A broad stretch of soft sand running along Grouville Bay that leads to Gorey Harbour and enjoys a backdrop of the spectacular 800 year old Mont Orgueil Castle. We may be biased, but we don't think there can be a better view from your beach towel in all the world. This beach is best in the morning and early afternoon when it catches the early sunshine, and is very popular with families. There is plenty of free parking, beach cafes, kiosks and water sports activities available here.