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5 islands: 5 top beaches

Petit Port beach

Jersey

St Brelade’s Bay

Voted number 4/25 top UK beaches for 2015 by Trip Advisor users (okay, we know it’s technically a British Crown Dependency,) the wide sweeping golden sands of St Brelade’s Bay beach lead to tempting blue water which is safe for swimming. Lots of beach front amenities, pretty gardens and restaurants make it a great place to visit.

summer day st brelade beach

  • Also recommended: Plemont beach & Havre de Pas. Plemont is a pretty beach with an expanse of sand combined with rock pools whilst its sheltered position and beach café make it popular. Havre de Pas is the closest to St Helier and has its own tidal pool.
  • Travel to Jersey from Guernsey by air or sea. Flights are quickest and offer an early and late service to make the most of your day trip.
  • Stay at:
    St Brelade’s Bay 4 star logo
    Golden Sands 4 star logo
    Windmills 3 star logo

    Miramar 2 star logo.

Guernsey

Vazon Bay

Holding the coveted title of Britain’s cleanest beach, the wide sweep of sand and turquoise waters at Vazon Bay attracts many water sports enthusiasts and families. Lots of kiosks and facilities can be found nearby. The largest beach on the island, it belongs on the picturesque west coast.

surfer at Vazon Bay

  • Also recommended: Petit Bot Bay & Port Soif. The sandy little bay at Petit Bot has a beautiful waterfall and great rock pools whilst being surrounded by protective cliffs whilst Port Soif is the islanders favourite secret!
  • Regular flights from Jersey depart throughout the day for Guernsey. Condor Ferries also operate between Jersey and Guernsey as well as smaller boat services. Guernsey is the easiest base for reaching the other islands.
  • Stay at:
    Vazon Bay Apartments 4 star logo
    Cobo Bay 3 star logo
    Perelle Bay 2 star logo.

Alderney

Saye Bay

‘One of the most stunning beaches on UK soil’ according to one Trip Advisor reviewer and ranked number one thing to do in Alderney, Saye has powdery white sand and sparkling turquoise water.

Saye Bay in Alderney

  • Also recommended: Braye beach with its fine powdery white sand.
  • Travel to Alderney by air from Guernsey or Jersey via Guernsey or catch a ferry. Bumblebee Boat Cruises offer a regular service.
  • Stay at:
    Georgian House
    Harbour Lights Hotel.

Sark

Dixcart Bay

For a real adventure head to Sark where traffic free roads will reward you with spectacular views. It should be noted that Sark’s beaches take a bit more effort to reach than most but if rambling cliff paths and pure tranquility are your thing, then you’ll savour every minute. Dixcart is the easiest beach to reach although expect steep steps. An arch and a cave adorn the pretty beach.

Hoggs Back in Sark

  • Also recommended: Venus Pool. Not technically a beach but rather a large rock pool, only accessible for a couple of hours either side of half tide and situated on Little Sark, it’s a great way to discover the island and the trek will reward you with stunning views. Quite a special place to swim.
  • Reach Sark by boat via Guernsey with the Sark Shipping Company or via Alderney onboard Lady Maris II.
  • Stay at:
    Stocks Hotel.

Herm

Shell Beach

You will think you’ve landed on a tropical island beach on a warm day in Herm when visiting Shell Beach. The soft white powdery sand with lots of pretty shells and clear turquoise waters will enchant you whilst you lie back and relax with a Herm ice cream from the beach kiosk. Herm is also blissfully traffic free and easy to reach from Guernsey via a short 20 minute boat ride. As one Trip Advisor reviewer put it, ‘It’s really another world once you get there.’

Shell Beach in Herm

  • Also recommended: Belvoir Bay with its popular kiosk is a great place to sit and while away a few hours. The views from the kiosk are spectacular!
  • The Trident boat service operates regular sailings between Guernsey and Herm.

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Christina's early memories include boarding a plane to visit Kuwait at the age of two and taking big family holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and France. After enjoying time teaching in London and Holland and marrying into a family spread from Ireland to the Channel Islands and America, it is no surprise that along with husband Julian they trekked around the world when three of their five children were small. Christina now runs the family company and writes and helps with the Travelsmith web and social media sites. Email: christinaclark@travelsmith.co.uk