Get ready for summer - 5 of the best family beaches
From beaches with perfect sandcastle-building sand to the best spots for rock pooling, here's a guide to the Jersey beaches that are ideal for little ones. And yes, there's always a Jersey ice cream kiosk somewhere nearby...
Grève de Lecq
Grève de Lecq's sheltered sandy beach has parking just across the road, and plenty of nearby beach cafés where you can pick up a Jersey ice cream. Shallow waters make it a good swimming spot for families, and there are rock pools galore to explore as well as a stream to dig in. Bring buckets and spades…
Extras: Public toilets, parking, nearby cafés, pubs and beach kiosks.
Things to do: Rock pooling, paddling and line fishing from the quay.
Take a break: The nearby Moulin du Lecq pub has a kids' play area when it's time to stop for lunch or supper.
Tips: watch out for seagulls, and arrive early to get a spot in the car park. As the beach faces north with high cliffs, it can lose the sun in the late afternoon.
St Brelade's Beach
Rated as one of the UK's favourite beaches on Tripadvisor, the golden sands of St Brelade are a popular spot for families. With sun loungers, windbreaks and parasols available to hire - as well as shops selling beach equipment, you can just turn up and pick your spot. From trampolines for the tots to banana boat rides for the more adventurous, plus plenty of relaxed restaurants, there's plenty to do on this beautiful beach.
Extras: Public toilets, plenty of parking, cafés, restaurants, shops and beach kiosks.
Things to do: Rib boat tours, coasteering, banana boat rides, stand up paddle boarding.
Take a break: Budding artists will love Fish n' Beads, a quirky beach shack next to Wayside Café where you can buy hand-made goods and have a go at making your own jewellery.
Tips: This beach is a great base for older children, who can sign up for a variety of watersports with Jono's Watersports. And don't miss out on the famous afternoon tea on the Terrace at L'Horizon Hotel - perfect for a sundowner.
Looking for a safe stretch of sand for very little ones? Spread out your beach blanket next to the sea wall at sheltered Rozel and soak up the sun or go for a paddle in the shallow water. And when it's time for lunch, this pretty fishing village with its beach huts and harbour side cottages is home to the legendary Hungry Man kiosk, where you can order a burger, crab sandwich or homemade cakes in the sunshine.
Extras: Beach kiosk and restaurants.
Things to do: Feed the ducks or just relax in the sunshine.
Take a break: Walk off your Hungry Man burger with some coastal footpath exploration, you'll find stunning views of Jersey's bays as well as glimpsing historic fortifications.
Tips: Parking is limited, so you may want to get here by bus: Route 3 takes you to Rozel (and carries on to Durrell Wildlife Park too).
When the tide is in, the beach at Green Island is an easy-to-access stretch of sand, but when the sea retreats, it exposes a vast 'lunar'-type landscape of rock pools and gullies just waiting to be explored. Take your fishing nets, but don't explore too far - the tide comes in extremely quickly! Green Island Restaurant overlooks this south-east facing beach, and has a beach kiosk selling ice creams and beach equipment.
Extras: Public toilets, parking, restaurant and beach kiosk.
Things to do: A world of rock pooling adventure awaits...
Take a break: Book a guided walk with Jersey Walk Adventures for an expert tour of the low tide landscape.
Tips: Take care with the incoming tide.
A locals' favourite, this sheltered beach at Plemont is completely covered by the sea at high tide, but when the tide goes out, it reveals a pristine sandy cove full of rock pools, caves, waterfalls and natural 'paddling pools'. There's a flight of steps to reach the beach, but intrepid families are rewarded with a stunning natural playground with perfect sandcastle-building sand as well as excellent safe swimming conditions.
Extras: Parking, public toilets and beach café (at the top of the steps!)
Things to do: Swim, bodysurf and paddle in rock pools, and explore Plemont's natural rock caves.
Take a break: The excellent Plemont Beach Café at the top of the steps is worth a stop for homemade cakes and mouthwatering lunches overlooking the beach.
Tips: The tide comes in fast - be careful not to get yourself (or your beach towels) stranded.
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