PLAN YOUR TRIP
Whether you prefer sandy bays, rocky shores or hidden coves, Guernsey has it all. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy stunning views over the coast of France or the vast Atlantic Ocean from one of the island’s 27 bays and beaches. Chill out and relax or take to the waves, whatever suits you.
Vazon Bay on the west coast is the largest on the island. Its two miles of fine white sand attracts families happy to frolic in the shallow waters as well as surf fanatics of all ages, keen to tackle the Atlantic swells. If you want to try sand racing, you can do that too.
Sunset at Cobo Bay is legendary, but this busy family-friendly beach is a must-visit all day long. Cobo is full of life with plenty of bars, cafés, and shops on Guernsey’s beautiful west coast.
By contrast, Port Grat on the north coast is a peaceful horseshoe-shaped suntrap, perfect for a swim at high tide. Why not follow the locals’ example and bring a BBQ for the evening.
Ladies Bay on the edge of L’Ancresse Common in the north offers the delights of paddling and rock-pooling or the family could even learn to windsurf. Walking the coastal footpath is popular too.
Take the clifftop path or the boat from St Peter Port to Fermain Bay and its crystal clear waters on the craggy south east of the island. The award-winning Fermain Beach Café sells the best crab sandwiches after you’ve worked up an appetite by sauntering over the shingle.
Pretty Bordeaux Harbour offers breath-taking views over the neighbouring islands of the Bailiwick - Herm, Jethou and Sark. Spot Vale Castle on the hill and you’ll understand why this beach is a favourite with artists.
An easy walk from the island’s capital brings you to Havelet Bay. There are three tidal swimming pools for bathers to choose from here with picturesque views of Castle Cornet Rock guarding the entrance to St Peter Port.
Although restrictions apply on some of Guernsey’s beaches*, there are still plenty of places to enjoy with your four-legged friend.
Grandes Rocques in the northwest has a sandy beach backed by dunes. It’s on the 14 km West Coast pathway within easy reach of the Port Soif nature reserve. If you’re peckish, there’s plenty of choice eateries nearby.
Bordeaux Harbour is a long way from the French wine region but why not enjoy a glass of red with your picnic after your dog gets some exercise on the 500-metre sandy beach in the northeast with views over Herm, Jethou, and Sark.
If you’re in the capital, Havelet Bay is an easy stroll from St Peter Port. Look out for Cornet Rock and its castle, both very Instagram-friendly.
(*from May to September, dogs are not allowed on Fermain, Petit Bot, L’Eree, the northern end of Vazon, Port Soif, Cobo, Ladies Bay and L’Ancresse/Pembroke)
Port Soif is a great choice for a sunset BBQ after a spot of sunbathing. The white sand crescent beach on the north coast is surrounded by sand dunes.
Nestling at the end of two valleys and beneath the cliffs, Petit Bot Bay on the south coast gets plenty of sunshine and has rock pools to explore.
Surrounded by cliffs, Saint’s Bay is a safe haven for small boats on the south coast and dogs are welcome too.
West coast beauty Portelet Bay is still a working fishing harbour, but no-one will mind if you just relax on the beach and admire the views over Fort Grey and Lithou island.
It’s definitely the west coast. Vazon Bay is a great place to start out, that’s where most local surfers learned how to ride the waves. The Guernsey Surf School can get you on the water right away by loaning you a board and also provides surfing lessons for all abilities.
Head northwards to test your skills at Portinfer, the beach of choice for performance surfers a short time after high water.
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