With a prime location in the south of the Channel, Jersey enjoys a favourable climate. Couple the glorious weather with some 45 miles of coastline and it's easy to understand why the largest of the Channel Islands is such a hit with Europe's beach-lovers. Whether your idea of a perfect beach break involves testing your fitness with some challenging water sports or just kicking back with a classic novel, Jersey won't disappoint. There are also plenty of exquisite beach hotels on the island to complete the package.
Water Sports on the West Coast
Facing out towards the Atlantic Ocean, Jersey's west coast picks up the best swells on the island. Whether you're a stand-up surfer or are more into your kitesurfing, St. Ouen's Bay is the place to catch some great breaks, with a dominant swell that pumps in sets which surfers of all abilities will appreciate.
The lengthy beach is one of the most popular on the island, thanks largely to its wealth of facilities. From beach-ready wheelchairs to convenient toilets, St. Ouen's Bay has everything you need for a memorable day in the sun.
The Atlantic Hotel is a great choice for beaches in the west. In addition to its convenient location, guests can enjoy a stunning pool and some gorgeous grounds.
The south coast beach at St. Brelade is just around the corner from St. Ouen's, but it promises a totally different atmosphere. While there are some more gentle water sports on offer at the beach, this idyllic spot is more focussed on relaxation.
Visitors to this southern bay are spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels. La Route de la Baie is peppered with some of the most luxurious hotels in Jersey, most of which offer direct access to the sandy beach. Many also house their own pool.
Camping by the Sea
Jersey's not all about luxury hotels. If you prefer an affordable choice that lets you take full advantage of the island's natural beauty, check out Durrell Wildlife Camp in the north-east. The friendly campsite is ideally located for one of Jersey's hidden gems at Rozel.
Visit at the wrong time of day and you'd be forgiven for taking Rozel for a beach-less fishing village. At low tide, though, a vast expanse of sand is uncovered, revealing one of the island's most peaceful and exotic beaches.