Visiting the Duke of Richmond or The Old Government House Hotel puts you within easy reach of the best beaches in Guernsey and the beautiful natural landscape of the island. There are a staggering 27 beaches in Guernsey, so you certainly won’t be stuck for places to throw down your beach towel and top up your tan. Or if you’re the sporty type, it’s also the ideal location to try your hand at some water sports.
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Check out our top five beaches in Guernsey below:
Voted the “Cleanest Beach in Britain” by The Telegraph, Vazon Bay is by far the largest and most popular beach on the island. Yes it does get busy, but once you get there you’ll understand why. The long sandy coastline provides ample space to pitch up a pretty picnic and there’s a wide range of water sporting activities to try whilst you’re there too. Wannabe surfers and families may want to book in for a lesson or two at the Guernsey Surf School to grasp the basics. Location: west coast.
This pretty cove littered with small pebbles sits on the east coast of the island, and the picturesque setting is ideal if you’re looking for a more secluded spot. Ignite your inner adventurer by taking a scenic stroll to the beach from St Peter Port via Fermain Walk. The views and the fresh sea air provide a delightful sense of tranquillity, and the perfect prelude to a lazy beach day. The beach café overlooking the bay serves up some fantastic food too, for the perfect end to a hard day’s sunbathing! Location: south west coast.
Located along the coastal footpath that starts at Beaucette Marina and ends up at Grandes Rocques, Pembroke Bay beach is popular with families and during peak season you’ll see plenty of children scampering around in the waves or trying to outdo each other building sandcastles. Pembroke also benefits from having conveniently located amenities such as toilets and a handy kiosk, as well as a seafront restaurant, Beach House, where you can enjoy the catch of the day whilst looking out to sea. Location: south west coast
Cobo Bay Beach
Located on the west coast of the island next to Vazon bay, Cobo beach is a favourite among wind- and kitesurfers because of its idyllic weather conditions. But if you decide that water activities aren’t your thing there are also a number of great little village shops including Cadeaux Cobo gift shop, which sells artisan jewellery and novelties. Location: northwest coast.
The U-shaped bay has great conditions for swimming, so head here if you’re looking for a place to take a dip and cool off during the summer months. The great expanse of sand means you won’t have to fight for free space either. If you want to discover some local wildlife there is also a nature trail nearby, with the option to go with a guide if you prefer. It’s worth making good use of the restaurants close by, including the Houmet Tavern, which specialises in delicious seafood and stunning seascapes — providing you can drag yourself away from the beach that is. Location: west coast.