Best Family Beaches in Jersey

visitor guide


Find out which waterside escapes are perfectly suited to family adventures, not just because of their natural beauty, but for their range of activities, easy access, safe swimming (or great surfing), fabulous choice of beach cafés, restaurants and facilities.


St. Brelade's Bay

At the top of our list has got to be St. Brelade's Bay – set in a beautiful location, there is good reason why it is one of Jersey’s most popular beaches. The views are stunning, it has soft clean golden sand and crystal clear water with gentle waves, and ample space. There is parking across the road from the beach, or alternatively it is easily accessible by public transport. The bay itself has plenty of places to grab a bite, from beach cafés to gourmet restaurants. Several adventure sport companies operate from St. Brelade's Bay, with coasteering, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding amongst some of the visitor favourites. You can hire sunbeds, parasols or tents to keep the sun off your little ones, or for a cooler spot, walk across the road to the stunning Winston Churchill Memorial Park and find yourself a spot in the in the shade on the cool grass.  Safe swimming and the presence of RNLI Life Guards during the summer make St. Brelade's Bay a beach not to be missed on your trip to Jersey.


Havre des Pas

The closest beach to the centre of St Helier, literally a 10-minute walk through the stunning Howard Davis Park. The beach is sunny, sheltered and south east facing with a fabulous man-made tidal pool, The Lido, in the middle of the bay.  The pool is replenished at each tide, and includes a platform in the middle that you can swim out to. There is also a children’s pool, along with its own café, toilets and changing rooms, and with resident Life Guards to keep everyone safe, it is like swimming in the sea but with added safety.  There are a number of local cafés and restaurants along the coast road, with fine Victorian architecture which makes for an interesting stroll along the boardwalks. There are also many smaller hotels and guest houses in the local area to choose from.



This has to be one of Jersey’s most beautiful beaches.  A sandy cove on the north west tip of the island with many rock pools, fascinating sea caves to explore, and even a fresh water waterfall.  Plémont also has an excellent café with toilets, safe bathing when the sea is calm and excellent surfing when it isn’t.  It is very rarely too crowded, however the lovely sand is completely covered at high tide and everyone moves up onto the rocks, where the RNLI Lifeguards are located during the summer months.  When the tide retreats, it exposes numerous pools with sandy bottoms which are ideal for young children to play in.  Be sure to check the tides before heading down to Plémont, as it is accessed by quite a few steps from the top car park, but well worth the walk down to sea level.  There are some stunning cliff path walks across the top of the bay for those of you who want to explore further.


St. Ouen’s Bay

This beach is one not to be missed, with almost five miles of fine golden sand covering a vast expanse of beach at low tide. The Atlantic coast is popular with surfers, adrenaline seekers and sporty types, with various activities such as blow karting (or land sailing), kite surfing, paragliding and wind surfing amongst the most popular with locals and visitors. There are several excellent surf schools located along the sea wall, if you or your children want to learn how it’s done. If you want to play football, rounder’s or other sports there is ample space, when the tide is out. Lots of parking and easy access, with lots of places to stop for food, refreshments and toilet facilities. Certain areas of the bay are patrolled by the RNLI Lifeguards, so please swim between the flags for safe bathing as there can be strong currents and rips. St. Ouen's Bay is a great spot for a sunset BBQ with the family, or when you have had enough of the beach, cross the road at the southern end of the bay and explore the stunning sand dunes.



A lovely secluded bay with good swimming and calm sheltered waters, unless the wind is from the east.  It is a pebble beach, with wet sand exposed at low tide, and a great place to try a spot of pebble skimming (or skipping - depending on where you are from), pebble art and of course rock pooling with the kids.  Archirondel has stunning views across to our French neighbours.  Parking on site, although a little limited, along with café, toilets and shower facilities. It's a great place to watch the sunrise and take an early morning swim.  Archirondel Tower is located right next to the beach, painted red and white, which makes it a good photographic subject and can be rented as self-catering accommodation, by Jersey Heritage, for up to four people.


Royal Bay of Grouville

The Royal Bay of Grouville or Long Beach, offers a long stretch of sandy beach that is safe for bathing.  Fantastic facilities for water skiing, wakeboarding, banana rides, speedboat trips and motor dinghy hire are available from the beach during the high season. The northern end of the beach boarders Gorey Harbour and Village, overlooked by the magnificent 13th century Mont Orgueil Caste, featuring plenty of restaurants, pubs and local shops.  There is ample parking close by as well as a regular bus service. Beach cafés and kiosks, as well as a children’s beachside playground and soft sand make it a must for young families. 


Bonne Nuit Bay

Bonne Nuit, French for ‘good night’ because of its reputation as a quiet and peaceful mooring, is a small natural harbour nestled in the north coast and sheltered by the hills towering above it.  At low tide, a small sandy beach appears below the pebbles, a perfect spot to build sandcastles, make some beach art with the pebbles or enjoy a picnic.  Local fishing boats still use this harbour and you will see fresh crabs and lobsters being landed by the locals.  There is parking available, along with an excellent café and public toilets.  If you are looking for a bit of an adventure, why not give kayaking a go, with various activity providers operating out of this beautiful bay. 


Bouley Bay

Bouley Bay is a sweeping pebble beach and harbour set against cliffs.  There are great rock pools to explore, as well as fabulous scenic cliff path walks in each direction with views across to Normandy, France. A long winding hill leads down to the bay, a deep anchorage and the unofficial home to scuba diving in Jersey.  Situated above the Pier is Fort Leicester, an old fort renovated and available for hire through Jersey Heritage.  The pebble beach shelves steeply and the water is deep, but inviting.  A great spot for pier fishing with the family, dolphin spotting, scuba diving and skimming pebbles.  Mad Mary’s is perched at the end of the sea wall, famous for hot chocolate and Bouley burgers, served by the larger than life character of proprietor, Mary Tunney. Free parking and toilets are available. 

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