St Brelade’s Bay in Jersey
St Brelade’s Bay is a clean, wide, sandy beach. It has been the most popular tourist beach in Jersey for decades and is regularly voted one of the best beaches in the United Kingdom by Tripadvisor users. Note for history geeks, Jersey is not part of the United Kingdom!
The sand is golden and soft, and the waters are calm, making it one of the best swimming beaches in Jersey. Cafes, bars, hotels and restaurants line the promenade, and there is a small and quiet park with a waterfall behind the main beach road.
During the summer, St Brelade’s Bay is a popular spot for leisure boats and water sports.
The Fisherman’s Chapel and cemetery on the far west end of the bay are worth a visit.
If the weekend summer crowds get too much, follow the promenade over the ‘hump’ at the other end of the beach to the adjacent bay of Ouaisne, which is never busy, even in summer.
WHERE TO EAT
At the Fisherman’s Chapel end of St Brelade’s Bay is Oyster Box, a smart restaurant specialising in seafood; it’s popular with local financiers and wealthy ex-pats.
Right next door on the beachfront is its more informal dining option; The Crab Shack offers a cantina-style menu featuring local oysters and good vegan and vegetarian options. Outside tables at both restaurants overlooking the sandy beach below are popular in the summer, and bookings are advised. Pizza Express, a stone’s throw away right on St Brelade’s Bay, must surely have the best locations of any of its branches in the UK!
WHAT TO SEE & DO
St Brelade’s Bay is great for water sports and beach activities.
There are many fun activities, from banana boat rides to kayaking. Coasteering is good in this area, and RIB rides are always fun!
From St Brelade’s Bay, you can walk over the path to neighbouring Ouaisne Bay, and from there, follow the cliff path all the way to Portelet Bay, about a 40-minute slow walk in total. The cliff path up from Ouaisne and the steps back up at Portelet Bay are steep, so this is not suitable for visitors with mobility issues.
Alternatively, take some photos at the picturesque Fisherman’s Chapel at the west end of the bay, then over the hill behind- turn left out of the chapel entrance and up the hill sharp left; there is a footpath entrance about 50 metres up on the right. Then follow the path that leads to the top of the small but beautifully formed Beauport Bay.
Regular buses from St Helier drop you right on the bay. It is a short drive to the airport and about a 30-minute drive from the town.