Everything you need to know about St Ouen's Bay, Jersey

Popular Attractions, Activities and Places to stay in St Ouen's Bay

Discover Portelet Bay

St Ouen’s Bay is a sandy haven that covers the entirety of the west coast of the island. 5 miles of golden sands create the perfect location for beach strollers, sea swimmers and sightseers.

Its size means that there is something at St Ouen’s Bay for everyone and you will always be able to find a nice, quiet spot to lay down your towels and call your own, even in the height of season.

Not only is St Ouen’s Bay a Marine Conservation Society Recommended Beach of 2014, but it is also a prime surf spot. Many British and European Surfing Championships have taken place on its golden sands, with the first surf school, Jersey Surf Club opening in 1923. The bay’s safe waters and range of eateries and activities make it a perfect place for the whole family.

How to get to St Ouen’s Bay

St Ouen’s is accessible by the 12a and 22 bus routes. If you are travelling by car, there are an abundance of free car parks that line the promenade.

Popular things to do at St Ouen’s Bay

  • Gain a fascinating insight into the period of WW2 at the Channel Island Military Museum.
  • Visit the Greve de Lecq, the only surviving barrack on the north of the island with stunning views.
  • Explore the picturesque ruin of Grosnez Castle that has views looking over the glorious northern coast to France.
  • Test out your putting skills at Rocco’s crazy golf and mini golf, inspired by some of Jersey’s most famous landmarks.
  • Learn about the exotic world of pearls at the Jersey Pearl and sit back and relax at the pearl café.
  • Paddle out on a surfboard to catch some of the largest swells or stay in the shallow waters and perfect your technique.
  • Find out more about St Ouen’s fascinating wildlife at the Wetlands Centre.
  • Take to the water in a safe and sturdy kayak to see the beautiful Jersey coastline from another perspective.
  • Make the most out of the array of eateries that line the west coast. From fresh fish to pizzas, you’ll be sure to find something delicious.

Best places to stay in St Ouen’s Bay

The Atlantic Hotel

From £110pp, you can stay in one of the award winning ‘small luxury hotels of the world’ fully equipped with a spa, Michelin star dining and fabulous grounds, check our the view over the bay.

La Rocco Self-Catering Apartments

Situated right on doorstep of the beautiful bay, La Rocco is a perfect place for those wishing to make the most out of the waves, sands and unique island charm.

The Highlands Hotel

Just south of St Ouen’s Bay, the Highlands Hotel is in a marvellous setting with La Corbière lighthouse, caves and clifftop walks only a stone’s throw away.

Discovery Bay Beach Suites

Right in the middle of St Ouen’s and right on the beachfront, the Discovery Bay suites are ideal for surfers and beach lovers.

Things to do in Portelet Bay

The five-mile span means that there are things to do for the whole family.

If you are interested in wildlife and the island’s history, you can visit the Wetlands centre and get involved with some birdwatching, before strolling up to the northerly point of the island to see Grosnez Castle and the Greve de Lecq. You can then find out more about the way of life on the island during the occupation at the Military Museum – you can even try on a German army helmet!

For those who wish to explore the waters, there are many water sport centres dotted along the bay that offer all sorts of activities from surfing and kayaking to rib tours and coasteering.

For those who just want to relax, the eateries that line the promenade make for the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine or a pint of liberation ale where you can breathe in this unique island’s charm.