Devon and Cornwall usually spring to mind when people think of the sunniest place in the British Isles. However, those thinking that would be incorrect, the sunniest place in the British Isles is, in fact, Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, and in this guide, we’ll be looking at its fabulous beaches.
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.
Please see below for a guide to the best beaches in Jersey, or visit www.jersey.com for more information.
St Ouen’s Bay – Best for water sports
The west coast bay of St. Ouen’s is a surf paradise with long stretches of golden sand, sun-kissed headland, and epic sunset BBQs. 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 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. Plenty of rock pools 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.
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.
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 and 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.
The Royal Bay of Grouville – Home to Jersey’s oyster beds
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 seabeds 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.
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.
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.
Read more travel guides, news and features here.