Havelet Bay

  • Located in town
  • Swimming spot
  • Quiet
  • Perfect for picnics at lunch
  • Sunrise
Havelet Bay can be seen on the right

Havelet is an idyllic and convenient spot to relax after a long boat journey to the island. It boasts views of Guernsey’s famous Castle Cornet and close proximity to many restaurants; the beach is also very close to town meaning it is a suitable place to rest after having shopped or for a picnic lunch. Possibly not the best beach for those looking to spend the whole afternoon lounging on the sands, but perfect for a quick lunchtime dip.

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.

Portinfer

  • Pebbly
  • For the more advanced surfer
  • Dog-friendly
  • Difficult access

Portinfer is just north of Port Soif, on the other side of the kiosk. This beach is a widely known surfing beach, although it is more for experienced surfers. At low tide, there is a large strip of sand at the bottom of the beach which is beautiful, but to get here, one must climb over some rocky ground.

Rocquaine

  • Soft sand
  • Slipway access
  • Scenic position
  • Quiet place to watch the sunset
  • Dogs allowed
Panorama of Rocquaine. Picture supplied by Andrew Le Poidevin ©2012

Rocquaine is the perfect beach for a peaceful walk along the sandy shores. It is a lovely location to swim and is the heart of the island’s family life during the Rocquaine Regatta, a day of fun and seaside activities in August each year not to be missed. The Guernsey Pearl café is situated close by or you can walk to Portelet kiosk to grab a bite to eat. At the beach you can see Fort Grey, an iconic historic landmark, where the Shipwreck Museum is located. During the summer months, a pontoon can be found out to sea which brings added enjoyment to sea swims.

Marble Bay

  • Quiet and secluded
  • A short walk along the cliff paths from Jerbourg Road
  • Perfect for swimming at high tide
  • No public facilities
Marble Bay submitted by Ella James

Marble Bay is one of the most treasured and secret bays of Guernsey. It’s important to visit at high tide to see it at its best, with almost tropical waters. Swimming here is an entertaining experience as the south coast boasts interesting rock formations and caves to explore. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, but loses the sun quite early in the evening. For more information on how to get there, visit our walking routes page.

Perelle Bay

  • Pebbles
  • Sunset spot
  • Good swimming spot at high tide
  • Quiet
Images For Visit Guernsey – Shot 2012

Perelle Bay is one of the more open beaches, situated just off Route de la Perelle on the West Coast of the island. Although a small spot, it is perfect for a quick dip in the sunshine at high tide or a short walk across the pebbled bay.

Petit Port

  • Good quality sand
  • Quiet
  • Blue Flag quality water
  • Good for swimming
Submitted by Lois Vidamour

This beautiful secluded bay lies at the bottom of a steep cliff with a trek of over 270 steps down onto the golden sands. However the effort is most definitely worth it for the hidden caves and idyllic scenery. In the summer months at high tide, this bay is considered one of the best swimming spots for both locals and tourists to enjoy.