Jersey has 50 miles of coastline with 12 major beaches and many other smaller bays
to suit all tastes for both young and old. They are also some of the cleanest in Europe. With sandy beaches
on all but the north coast, rocky coves to explore, small harbours, and west coast beaches for surfing and
windsurfing, there is something for everyone.
In February 2001, the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch 2000 report once
again showed the Channel Islands as having some of the cleanest beaches in Britain. Litter counts were 27% down in
1999 and sewage related debris was 0.4% compared to the national average of 6.5%. eighteen beaches in Guernsey and
two in Jersey were surveyed.
Six feature in the Readers Digest Good Beach Guide. See the Good Beach Guide for
independent views on Jersey beaches Good Beach Guide
Jersey has some of the largest tidal flows in the world so take care when bathing or
exploring the seaside. From mid May to the end of September, five bays St. Ouen, St. Brelade, Plemont Greve de Lecq
and Havre des Pas are patrolled by beach lifeguards. The patrolled areas for swimming are marked with red and
yellow flags. The flagged areas are moved throughout the day due to the tides and will be advised to move
into the new areas if necessary. If conditions are dangerous and unsuitable for swimming, red flags will be
flown. Please ask for advice if in doubt.
St Aubins Bay
A beautiful three mile long bay stretching from St Helier to St Aubin on the
south coast of the island and safe for bathing. Easy access, good parking, watersports and toilets beach
Next to St Brelade on the south coast, this is a small picturesque bay with parking
but access is via steps and so access by wheel chairs is not easy.
Havre des Pas- Pool
On the south coast with easy access, refreshments, toilets and beach guard.
St Brelade's Bay
Another of the south coast bays with fabulous sand and safe for bathing. There are a
number of shops nearby with easy access, good parking and good facilities including toilets, cafe, watersports and
a beach guard.
St Ouen's Bay
Fabulous west coast bay enjoying good sand and waves. Excellent for windsurfing and longboarding.
Swimming can be hazardous and so keep within the chequered flags. Toilets at Le Braye and La Pulente slips. Good
parking, beach guard and toilets.
A sandy beach on the north west coast and popular with children who wish to rock
climb. Swimming can be dangerouis because of the fast rising tide. Beach guard, good parking, easy access, free
parking and good facilities.
Greve de Lecq
A sandy bay on the north west coast but gets deep very quickly. Free parking,
toilets, a kiosk facility and beach guard.
Bonne Nuit Bay
This is a small picturesque harbour on the north coast but with some swimming.
Parking, easy access refreshments and toilets.
Home to the several hill climb events on the north coast, Bouley Bay is also a small
harbour but with swimming facilities. Parking, easy access, refreshments and toilets. Limited parking.
Small sandy beach on the north coast and good for swimming. Easy access, toilets and
This is a shingle beach on the north east coast north of Grouville. Free parking,
easy access, cafe facilities and toilets.
A large sandy bay on the south east tip of the island, Grouville is good for
bathing. It is enormously popular and so gets more crowded than other bays.
On the south east coast, Grouville headland, this is also a sandy bay and a good
area for swimming. However be aware of the fast rising tide. Parking, easy access, refreshments and toilets.
Greve d'Azette- The Dicq
On the south east coast, easy access, refreshments and toilets.