Petit Bot

  • Mainly rocky with sand at low tide
  • Scenic views out to sea
  • Surrounded by cliff walking paths
  • Limited parking

Petit Bot is a lovely secluded beach in the parish of St Martins. The beach is relatively rocky and pebbly, but at low tide more sand is revealed. Petit Bot has a fabulous view, and you can treat yourself to an ice cream from the nearby café. There is even a Martello tower just up from the beach, which you can enter to learn some culture whilst your there. There are a number of walking routes that stem of from Petit Bot and the area is beautiful, which explains its popularity to tourists and families. However Petit Bot does lose the sun in the evening, due to its location, and parking is limited to the hills leading into the valley.

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.

Fermain Bay

  • Clear waters
  • Pebbly bay
  • Beautiful sunrises
  • Accessibility limited by hill
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Located on the east coast, Fermain is one of the island’s hidden gems. It is found below the Bluebell Woods, nestled in Fermain Valley, and is one of the most picturesque bays on Guernsey. The café provides a wide range of culinary delights, and combined with the flat calm waters where a few small boats may be moored it is a beautiful place to be. As this bay lies on the east coast, it loses the sun during the late afternoon, however sunrises from here are beautiful. There is a car park, but it is a three minute walk up the hill from the bay.

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.

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.

Port Soif

  • Scenic keyhole bay
  • Kiosk close by
  • Sandy
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect location for watching the sunset

Port Soif is a fantastic, sandy beach located on the northwest coast of the island. This beach is great for rock pooling at low tide and a beautiful swimming spot in the crystal-clear water at high tide. Port Soif is a must-visit beach on the island, with an amazing kiosk and plenty of parking to top it off. It’s important to note there is no disabled access to this beach as it is access by step only.

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. 

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.

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.