Whether you prefer golden sands or picturesque rock pools, there are beaches to suit every holidaymaker in Jersey. Soak up the sun when the weather cooperates, then dive beneath the waves to discover an underwater wonderland. You don't have to venture far to enjoy a bit of sun and sand in summer 2016. Mild temperatures and a wonderfully varied coastline make Jersey a fantastic choice for a summer beach break. Check out our pick of the 5 best beach adventures on the island.
1. Watersports at Grouville Beach
Recently voted the best of Jersey's beaches by users of The Beach Guide, Grouville is a long sandy stretch with shallow waters perfect for bathing. A popular destination for watersports, particularly windsurfing, you're equally welcome to pull up a sunlounger and enjoy a well-earned nap. Throughout July and August, Gorey Watersports Centre rents out waterskiing, kayaking and wakeboarding equipment to adventurous visitors, while those searching for more playful pursuits can sign up for a bumpy ride on a banana boat or giant doughnut.
2. Surfers paradise at St Ouen’s Bay
With five miles of sandy beach and rollicking Atlantic surf, St Ouen's Bay is heaven for surfers. The beach is the busiest on the island, although the impressive length and large car park keep it from feeling crowded. Look out for the bunkers which date back to WWII, or head inland to the La Mielle de Morville nature reserve for a bit of lizard spotting to catch a break from the breaks.
3. Catch some rays at St Brelade’s bay
Bring home a tan to put St Tropez to shame at Jersey's most popular resort beach. The south facing angle guarantees long sunny days, while a gentle breeze blows in from the sea. If you feel like getting active you can join a game of beach volleyball or hire a pedalo. The beach is well-served by public transport, so you can leave the car at the hotel for the day and enjoy a cooling cocktail in a seaside bar.
4. Explore the picturesque Plemont Beach
Jersey's northwest coast is known for its rugged scenery and spectacular cliff walks, but also has a few hidden gems for bathers looking to get away from it all. Set in a sheltered sandy cove, Plemont Beach is only accessible at low tide, when rock pools emerge among the shallows. In calm weather it's the ideal spot for a dip, while surfers flock to take advantage of the exhilarating waves caused by rougher seas. The family-run Plemont Beach Café supplies generous breakfasts, delectable lunches and tempting afternoon teas, showcasing island delicacies such as Jersey crab and locally brewed ale.
5. Dive into the depths of Bouley Bay
A pebble beach with very deep water, Bouley Bay isn't ideal for sunbathing or swimming but is Jersey's scuba diving capital. There's a dive school, Bouley Bay Dive Centre, which provides scuba lessons and guided dives. If you don't want to go too deep you can take on a snorkelling class, or simply enjoy a charter boat trip. The beach is also a popular spot for fishing and wildlife watching, with dolphins and puffins some of the most photogenic visitors. Round off a day at the seaside with some fine local seafood, such as a delicious plate of fresh Jersey mussels.
Book your stay at Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Jersey for a view at sunset over the channel, you’ll wonder why you ever flew long haul to Jersey!
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