Spectacular St. Ouen’s Bay spans almost the entire west coast of Jersey, with nothing but the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean between this beach and America’s eastern seaboard making this the prime spot for surfing. Just about any day of the year with waves will see dozens of hardy locals in the water, although visitors should note that the rip tides here can be fierce, and it’s advisable to remain within sight of the lifeguards who patrol the beach all summer. A number of surf-schools offer lessons to the uninitiated.
The road running the length of the bay is locally known as ‘Five Mile Road’ but few know that this is actually a myth, with neither the road nor the beach being 5 miles in length. Instead this is thought to be an ancient mis-translation of the old Jersey word ‘Mielle’ or sand-dune, of which many line the opposite side of the road and make for a great (if exhausting to climb) viewpoint to admire the bay in its full glory.
While St. Ouen is one of the least built up areas of the island, protected as it is by being a part of Jersey’s National Park, civilization can be found in the form of a number of beach-side eateries. El Tico and the Watersplash are local institutions, and both serve food all day. For a lighter bite try the Line Up or the Hide Out for a post-surf coffee and bacon roll.
There is plenty of parking along the bay, although the car-parks in the middle can become full on summer days. There is usually space to be found to the North or South end however. Public Toilets can be found at several points along the bay. Bus routes 22 and x22 serve St. Ouen.