Grandes Rocques

  • Perfect for summer evenings
  • Soft golden sands and clear water
  • Rockpools and space for families
  • Plenty of parking
Images for Visit Guernsey commisioned by The Partnership. Picture: Chris George Photography

Grandes Rocques lies on the west coast of the island. Its broad span and rich golden sands along with the small kiosk provide all the essentials for a full day out. There are plenty of rockpools to explore at low tide for the kids to enjoy. Towards the end of the day the sunset is clear which is why this beach is a local favourite for barbeques.

Cobo Bay

  • Popular on a warm evening
  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Restaurants, tearooms and food shop close by
  • Perfect for swimming
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Cobo Bay on the west coast of the island is a fantastic beach hosting glorious golden sand whilst also having the convenience of many extra facilities across the road. This easily accessible beach, which has sufficient parking space all around, is a great place to§ get a snap of the sensational sunsets. If you fancy a bite to eat, there’s plenty on offer.

Portelet

  • Swimming spot
  • Kiosk and parking
  • Abundance of marine life, particularly crabs
  • Slipway access
  • Loses sun early in the evening

Portelet is a quieter beach on the south-west coast of Guernsey with easy car park access and toilet facilities, as well as the kiosk which serves various snacks and drinks including Guernsey ice cream. The sand is firm and the water quality is clean and crisp. A pier stretches out to sea, which can be walked along and is covered at high tide. At low tide, there are many rockpools and the pier wall is perfect for crabbing. Bear in mind that Portelet also loses the sun quite early in the evening.

Vazon

  • Surfing for amateurs and professionals, among other watersports
  • Family friendly
  • Cafe and restaurant nearby
  • Beware of weaver fish at low tide on a hot day
The expansive Vazon Bay at low tide, submitted by Lois Vidamour

Vazon is one of the island’s best loved and most popular beaches. From its good surf and wide, open layout, to its easy access and great parking, it is the perfect beach for families and others alike. This beach is a haven for the sporty among you, with skimboarding, kite-surfing and sand racing; surfboards are available to hire right by the slipway. With restaurants and cafés in close proximity, and plenty of parking, it’s the perfect destination to go at any time of year. 

Richmond

  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Swimming spot
  • Kiosk and toilet facilities
  • Easily accessible
  • Soft sands
Richmond shore, submitted by Lois Vidamour

Situated alongside Guernsey’s most popular beach Vazon, Richmond is as equally inviting to those who are looking for a wind-down and an evening barbecue by the sea. Found on the west coast, summer evenings here provide the perfect viewing spot for sunsets, but also daytime dog walks or simply relaxing on the soft sand with an ice-cream from the nearby kiosk.

Pembroke/ L’Ancresse Bay

  • Spacious and sandy
  • Surfing and swimming spots
  • Easy accessibility
  • Cafe and toilets
  • Good for kids

Pembroke Bay and L’Ancresse stretch across the North coast and are popular among families and water-sport enthusiasts alike. The expanse of soft sands means you won’t feel crowded even at its busiest, and the cafe and kiosk along with the unspoiled view make it even easier to spend the whole day here.