Guernsey’s sandy beaches and secluded coves allow you to embrace the simple pleasures of a British seaside holiday, like the sand between your toes, building sandcastles with the children, collecting seashells, and exploring rock pools.
Vazon Bay: This broad expanse of firm sand is a magnet for the island’s sports enthusiasts, and if you want to get into surfing, Guernsey Surf School is based here and teaches all ages and abilities. The bay is also home to some great eateries, including the Richmond Kiosk for light snacks and ice creams, or Crabby Jacks and Vistas for a bigger selection of food and beautiful views.
Nearest hotels – Cobo Bay
Saints Bay: This beautiful sandy cove with its pebble bank at the top of the beach is surrounded by sheltering cliffs. A fishermans landing is situated within a short walk of the bay and provides great photo opportunities. Visit the Saints Bay Kiosk for lovely homemade food and refreshments.
Moulin Huet Bay: Located in St Martins, here you’ll find shallow waters as turquoise as the Caribbean and breathtaking views of the cliffs. Refreshments can be enjoyed at the Moulin Huet Tea Rooms, well known for their homemade cakes and delicious crab sandwiches.
Cobo Bay: One of Guernsey’s treasures, Cobo Bay is also one of the island’s most popular beaches, hosting not only beautiful white sands and crystal-clear waters but also a handful of amenities just across the road. It’s a great place to take a dip in the inviting waters, perhaps try your hand at windsurfing or, at low tide, you can explore the unveiled rock pools. When you’re feeling peckish, options include The Rockmount, a popular gastro pub; the Cobo Tearoom, the Cobo Kiosk and the famous Cobo Fish Bar.
Rocquaine Bay: One of Guernsey’s shingle beaches, although Rocquaine does also have patches of glorious sands to enjoy the long summer days on. There are breathtaking views of Fort Grey and a choice of nearby venues for food and drink including the Imperial Hotel, the relaxed atmosphere of the Guernsey Pearl Café and the Portelet Kiosk.
Nearest hotels – Driftwood Inn
Pembroke & L’Ancresse Bay: Situated at the most northern part of the island, these two beautiful beaches have long stretches of sand and clear turquoise waters perfect for swimming and paddling. Watersports such as windsurfing, surfing, sailing and sea kayaking are also popular here. Easily accessible by bus, there is also a large car park, while refreshments are offered at the Beach House in Pembroke or the traditional kiosk at L’Ancresse.
Nearest hotels – Peninsula
Fermain Bay: Discover one of the island’s most beautiful tucked away beaches and cafes at Fermain Bay. This pebbly bay is hidden on the rugged east coast and delightful walk from St Peter Port along the cliff path. The inviting crystal-clear waters beyond the beach are delightful for swimming and the Fermain Beach Café is a fabulous place to sit and watch the world go by.
Nearest hotels – Fermain Valley