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 as 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 summer months St Brelade’s Bay is a popular spot for leisure boats and water sports.
The Fisherman’s Chapel and cemetry on the far west end of the bay is worth a visit.
If the weekend summer crowds get too much then follow the promenade over the ‘hump’ at the other end of the beach to the adjacent bay of Ouaisne which even in summer is never busy.
WHERE TO EAT
Oyster Box is a smart restaurant right on the bay specialising in seafood. In summer months the outside tables overlooking the sandy beach below are very popular, bookings advised.
Right next door on the beachfront is it’s more informal dining option, The Crab Shack with a cantina style menu featuring seafood as well as good vegan and vegetarian options. The Pizza Express on St Brelade’s Bay must surely have the best location of any of its branches in the UK! The gardens at St Brelade’s Bay hotels are beautiful in summer and a nice spot for lunch across the road from the beach.
At the other end of the bay is one of our favorites, Flavour.je serving imaginative, healthy and delicious food al fresco on the beachfront.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
St Brelade’s Bay is a great beach for water sports and beach activities.
There are a wide range of 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 walkover the path to neighbouring Ouaisne Bay and from there follow he 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 a suitable walk 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 the small but beautifully formed Beauport Bay.
There are regular buses from St Helier that drop you right on the bay. It is a short drive to the airport and about a 30 minute drive from the town.