St Ouen’s Bay is a stunning beach covering almost the entire west coast of Jersey. It is a flat, wide, sandy beach, with sand dunes stretching back from the bay almost as far as the airport.
In fact most flights arrive over the bay so for visitors St Ouen’s Bay will be the first part of Jersey they see.
The bay is popular with walkers, surfers and photographers- best sunsets on the island in summer- and historians will find the scattered WW2 bunkers and Napoleonic Martello towers of interest.
WHERE TO EAT
Le Braye Cafe has plenty of parking and makes one of the best crab sandwiches in Jersey. On summers evenings it’s fish curry, locally caught sea bream and other seafood specials that make it one of the best and most popular dining options ‘out west’.
The Line Up has been serving great bacon butties and hefty hamburgers on the beachfront for years and is always popular with locals.
El Tico has a perfect location on the bay for sunset dining al fresco.
Faulkner Fisheries at L’Etacq does fresh local seafood grilled or BBQ in tin foil with bench seating overlooking the bay.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Unsuprisingly, watersports are the main activity here particularly surfing and windsurfing.
If you’ve never tried surfing then the Splash Surf Centre offers one on one lessons in the bay. Experiened surfers looking for more information on local surfing conditions should make their first point of call the Jersey Surfboard Club.
Spread out all along the seafront are military fortifications built when Jersey was under Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Older fortifications like Kempt Tower are from a time in history when the major threat to Jersey was from Napoleon.
For birdwatchers, just behind St Ouen’s Bay is St Ouen’s Pond which is home to The Wetlands Centre, both a state-of-the-art bird hide as well as a wetland interpretation centre.
At the top of La Pulente opposite the pub, a cycle track meanders past Petit Port, then a short hill meanders up to the lighthouse at Corbiere. During summer evenings it is quite common to see para gliders here.
There is car parking all along St Ouen’s Bay. Keen cyclists can start in town- or at St Aubin- and cycle to La Corbiere then down to the Five Mile Road which follows the bay all the way to the hill at L’Etacq. There are regular buses to and from St Helier to St Ouen’s Bay.