St Brelade's Bay: Perfect for watersports


Summer is here and with temperatures well over 70F finding somewhere to enjoy the weather, and to keep cool, is a priority.

Jersey might be the sunniest place in the British Isles, yet, thanks to its position on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it is rarely too hot. At nine miles by five, everywhere in Jersey is close to the coast which means beaches; a sea breeze, and the sea are all easily accessible.

Everyone has an idea of what makes the perfect beach. Here are five Good Taste Guide Favourites highlighting a few good places to eat.

1.       St Ouen’s

Sweeping across the entire western side of Jersey, St Ouen’s Beach is the biggest on the island. There are car parks along the length of the beach, with each section having a different vibe. The north is the quietest part and is popular with dog walkers and swimmers; surfers favour the middle; while sunbathers, families and kayakers like the south end where at low tide they can paddle around the 18th century Rocco Tower.

Best for: Open space

Good Taste Guide Restaurant: El Ticos

2.       Plémont

At high tide there isn’t much beach here, however, come as the sea is going down and you will be rewarded with a huge cove of smooth golden sand, turquoise pools, caves and even a cafe. The roads around Plémont are quite narrow and can be frightfully busy on summer weekends. Parking is limited too, with access to the beach via steep steps; so pack light and be prepared to visit during the week.

Best for: Families

Good Taste Guide Restaurant: Plémont Beach Café

3.       Grouville

On a sunny day there is a Mediterranean feel to Grouville. The pale white sand curves gently around the Royal Bay, offering a view of Mont Orgueil, ideal inspiration for anyone building sand castles below. There is plenty of car parking set back from the main road with good access for anyone lugging picnics and toys. Renowned for its clean, sheltered waters, the bay is used for growing oysters and mussels.

Best for: Sunbathers

Good Taste Guide Restaurant: The Bass and Lobster

4.       St Brelade’s

Restaurants and hotels line the sea front above the golden sands of St Brelade’s Beach, the island’s own ‘holiday resort’. The bay is perfect for water sports and is popular with jet skiers and holidaymakers wishing to get towed by rubber rings. If you don’t like sitting on sand, the palm tree lined gardens, and the restaurants and cafes offer a pleasant alternative while at low tide you can walk across the beach to Ouaisne for ice cream.

Best for: Watersports

Good Taste Guide Restaurant: The Crab Shack

5.       Bonne Nuit Bay

Bonne Nuit is situated in the middle of the north coast, a part of Jersey better known for its cliffs than its beaches. The surrounding countryside; a plateau of fields edged with pink granite rocks, is very pretty, while the bay itself is a perfect example of a rural part of the island, full of boats owned by local fishermen and farmers. Enjoy the dramatic views at the top of the hill before descending zigzag roads to a shingle cove and working pier.

Best for: Local life

Good Taste Guide Restaurant: Bonne Nuit Beach Café

For more information on where to eat in Jersey check out The Good Taste Guide: Jersey, on sale in Waterstones or through www.goodtasteguides.com