The rugged natural beauty of Jersey knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to its parade of beaches. Sandy or pebbly, quiet or bustling, there are so many coastal hideaways to choose from here.
Whichever direction you head in, a new adventure will unfold, thanks to the different landscapes to explore in different parts of the island. Mighty Atlantic waves crash onto the west coast shores, perfect for surfing, while gold stretches of sand slink along the south, primed for sun worshippers. And in the north and east, it’s all about hidden coves and sheltered spots where you can simply get away from it all.
Thinking of an island break? Here are the eight best beaches in Jersey to add to your agenda.
- Plémont Bay
- St Brelade’s Bay
- Beauport Beach
- St Ouen’s Bay
- Grève de Lecq
- Archirondel Beach
- Bonne Nuit
- Portelet Beach
1. Plémont Bay
Drive to the northwest corner of Jersey to spend a day at Plémont Bay. This hidden cove is swathed in sand, while the high cliffs are speckled with purple heather and the turquoise sea twinkles in the sunshine. It’s only accessible via a flight of winding steps but it’s worth the journey to experience this tranquil slice of the island and one of the best beaches in Jersey.
2. St Brelade’s Bay
Voted as one of the top three beaches in the UK, this spot on the southwest coast is unwaveringly popular. Clear shallow waters make St Brelade’s Bay ideal for swimming or paddling with little ones, while the crescent of golden sand is perfect for plonking yourself down with a good book. Bring buckets and spades for sandcastle building, then head up to the palm-lined promenade to seek out Jersey Crab Shack for fish and chips.
3. Beauport Beach
Surrounded by lush vegetation, Beauport Beach on the southwest coast is totally unspoilt. To find it, wander around the headland from St Brelade’s or the nearby car park. Its concealed location means it’s usually quiet, so you’ll likely have more golden sand to enjoy to yourself. Swimming conditions here also tend to be brilliant throughout summer, so don’t forget to pack your costume or shorts!
4. St Ouen’s Bay
Grab your board and master the cobalt waves at St Ouen’s Bay. Home to one of the oldest surfing clubs in the continent, it’s the perfect place to ride the rolling Atlantic swell. Not to mention it’s five miles long, so there’s plenty of space to spread out and relax when you need to take a break from the sea. Stick around until dusk to watch the incredible sunset from one of the many bars dotted along the waterfront.
5. Grève de Lecq
Spend a morning exploring the rockpools at Grève de Lecq. Sandy and sheltered, this beach is a sure-fire winner for families. Pull up a deck chair and take a load off – what better way to unwind than with the sun beating down on your face? If you’re in the mood for an adventure, seek out the hidden cave that runs through the headland on the beach’s eastern side.
6. Archirondel Beach
Wait until the tide is low to visit this stunning beach on Jersey’s east coast, when pebbles give way to soft sand. Paddling in the shallows is the best thing to do when you’re holidaying with little ones or simply sit back and enjoy views of the red and white Martello Tower. When hunger strikes, you can retreat to the Driftwood Café, just moments away, to munch on crab sandwiches, all while enjoying the dreamy view.
7. Bonne Nuit
Journey to the bottom of a winding hill to reach this quaint fishing harbour along the island’s north coast. Enfolded by emerald vegetation, it’s a beautiful spot to soak up the sun. Kids can happily play in the sand, while you drink in the peaceful atmosphere. Make sure you pop into the Bonne Nuit Beach Café for lunch – the Thai-inspired menu means red fish curry and king prawn stir fry are on the cards!
8. Portelet Beach
Escape the crowds at this sheltered cove, just a stone’s throw from St Aubin’s Bay. Of all Jersey’s beaches, this is one of the most picturesque, with a lovely view of 18th century Janvrin’s Tomb. Follow a steep path down to the shore, weaving your way past rugged cliffs. The clear waters are ideal for snorkelling – work up an appetite trying to spot fish then head to the Portelet Bay Café for delicious wood-fired pizza. Nom.
Posted: 22nd Jun 2021. Updated: 6th Jun 2023.