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A guide to the best beaches in Jersey, the sunniest spot in the British Isles

The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey has over 30 beaches offering an array of different seaside experiences, from the best surf spots to secluded swims and idyllic family escapes.

By LLM Reporters  |  July 8, 2022
Cliffsand beach on the Island of Jersey in the English Channel

With passport delays and travel disruption continuing to complicate international holiday plans, Jersey – located just 14 miles off the French coast – is the perfect hassle-free spot to enjoy golden sands and turquoise waters. With its varied landscape and unique blend of British and French influences, Jersey is close to home yet a world away.

The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey has over 30 beaches offering an array of different seaside experiences, from the best surf spots to secluded swims and idyllic family escapes – all reachable by over 20 UK airports (or ferry) and no passports required when travelling from the UK.

Jersey boasts an enviably warm climate and was officially declared the ‘sunniest spot in the British Isles’ by the UK Met Office, a title the island has held for four years in a row. Jersey’s not quite British, it’s Brit (ish), making it the perfect place to escape and truly feel like you’re on holiday.   

Here are Visit Jersey’s top seven beaches to visit and enjoy in 2022.

St Ouen’s Bay – Best for water sports

St. Ouen’s beach
St. Ouen’s is home to one of the oldest surfing clubs in Europe

The west coast bay of St. Ouen’s is a surf paradise with long stretches of golden sand, sun kissed headland, and epic sunset barbecues. At five miles long, there’s plenty of space for beginners and experienced surfers alike. St. Ouen’s is also home to several cafes and restaurants to retire to after a day in the water – including one of the oldest surfing clubs in Europe.

Price: Free (Surfing schools: from £15)

Plémont Bay – Best for exploring

Plémont Bay
There are plenty of rock pools to keep kids entertained, along with gentle surf and shallow water to cool off

Plémont Bay is a hidden gem that cannot be missed when visiting Jersey. Nestled between soaring cliffs and rock pools, the northwest sandy beach is also home to naturally formed caves and a waterfall. There are plenty of rock pools to keep kids entertained, along with gentle surf and shallow water to cool off. Plémont is also a breeding ground for puffins from March to July – don’t miss the puffin sculptures recently unveiled by the National Trust for Jersey to highlight the plight of the protected seabirds.

Price: Free

Beauport Bay

Beauport Bay
Beauport is a little slice of Jersey paradise

Beauport Bay feels a million miles away, yet it’s just tucked around the corner from the popular St. Brelade’s Bay. With crystal blue waters and flanked by cliffs of pink granite, Beauport is a little slice of Jersey paradise.

Price: Free

Portelet Bay

Portelet Bay
This south facing bay enjoys sun throughout the day, sheltered by surrounding cliffs

This south facing bay enjoys sun throughout the day, sheltered by surrounding cliffs. Once the tide comes in, it’s the perfect place to enjoy snorkelling, with Snorkel Portelet, exploring local sea life, such as wrasse, anemones, spider crabs and grey mullet. Complete the day with a delicious wood fired pizza at Portelet Bay Café that’s located right on the beach.

Price: Free

The Royal Bay of Grouville – Home to Jersey’s oyster beds

Grouville Bay
Families can enjoy the vast landscape of rock pools and gullies

Grouville Bay is a swathe of pristine coastline that starts at the majestic Mont Orgueil Castle and sweeps south towards La Rocque harbour. The bay is home to Jersey’s famous oyster beds where these delicacies are grown and harvested. Take a tour of the sea beds with Jersey Walk Adventures (Price: £9 – £88), or venture into the depths of Seymour Oyster beds with champagne (Price: starting at £35). Families can also enjoy the vast landscape of rock pools and gullies. 

Price: Free

Grève de Lecq

Grève de Lecq
This beach is a firm favourite with families and perfect for beginner surfers

Grève de Lecq is a sheltered beach on Jersey’s north coast surrounded by wooded slopes and just a short stroll from leafy country pubs. Known for its unmissable orange sands, Grève de Lecq is home to secret beaches and caves to explore. This beach is a firm favourite with families and perfect for beginner surfers, with on-duty lifeguards and a tide that’s never too far out. 

Price: Free

St. Brelade’s Bay

St. Brelade’s Bay
The shallow waters make this beach the ideal spot for swimming and water sports at all levels

A favourite of locals and visitors alike, south-facing St. Brelade’s Bay is one of the island’s most popular beaches, beloved for its golden sands and safe swimming. Flanked by higher ground, the sheltered bay is a natural suntrap lined with beach cafes, restaurants, and sunbathing spots. The shallow waters make this beach the ideal spot for swimming and water sports at all levels.

Price: Free