Top five beaches on Jersey

With its miles of picturesque coastline, discover the top five beaches on Jersey with Patrick Burke, owner of The Atlantic Hotel

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 7 May 2018, 16:00 BST, Updated 23 Jul 2021, 16:30 BST
Portelet Bay, Jersey

Portelet Bay, Jersey

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Peaceful and picturesque with soft golden sand, this is where it all started for me. When we first moved to Jersey we had a guesthouse here called The Penguin and lived on-site in a little wooden chalet. So I grew up on this extraordinarily beautiful beach. Depending on the tide, walking or swimming out to Janvrin's Tomb in the middle of the bay is an absolute must.

Grève de Lecq
Located in the northwest of the island and with good parking nearby, this is a popular beach. The sand here is a beautiful golden colour and great for building sandcastles, making it the perfect choice for a family day out by the seaside. Grab a deckchair and enjoy a snack from the cafe.

I think this is possibly Jersey's most beautiful beach, with safe swimming in calm conditions and plenty of rock pools and caves for the children to explore — perfect for a family adventure. It's off the beaten track on the north coast and has a feel of Enid Blyton's Famous Five about it. But be warned — at high tide the beach can disappear completely.

A sunseeker's paradise tucked away on the south coast of the island. It's best accessed by kayak or boat but as with many of Jersey's hidden treasures, the climb down can be fun as well. Jersey's warm climate means we can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and even in the winter months this bay has its fair share of visitors.

St Ouen's Bay
I've been fortunate to travel all over the world, but I have never found a finer beach than St Ouen's — think five miles of golden sand and some of the best surf in Europe. This is a special place for me as we live at one end of the bay and The Atlantic Hotel is at the other end making my commute to work one of the best anywhere.

Patrick Burke is the owner and managing director of The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey. He moved to the island when he was two years old, is a passionate ambassador for Jersey — and believes it has some of the world's best beaches.

Published in the June 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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