Nothing tops a fun-filled summers day like a good barbeque on the beach, with a hazy July sunset making for the perfect back drop. The coastlines of the Channel Islands provide a multitude of spots for you to kick back, and enjoy a cool beverage and whatever culinary delights take your fancy. Whether it’s a family trip, a romantic outing or just good times with friends, the Channel Islands can accommodate all your wants and needs.
We’ve chosen our top 7 spots for a barbeque, to help you plan the best and most memorable day out possible. The great outdoors awaits, and we hope our selection can cater for every taste.
One of Jersey’s hidden treasures, the beach is perhaps one of the most picturesque on our list. The pier and surrounding cliffs offer protection from the wind, meaning you won’t have trouble keeping a barbeque lit. The cliff paths around the bay give a stunning view, elevated high above the seafront. This beach is not ideal for swimming, however for a peaceful escape from the rest of Island life, it is perfect.
Pembroke is a large stretch of soft white sand, with shallow, clear waters. It is not only spacious but easily accessible, with ample parking. Particularly suited to family outings, there’s plenty of room for the kids to play, whilst the food sizzles away. Guernsey Ice Cream makes for the perfect palate cleanser, and is available from the Beach House Restaurant.
The horseshoe-shape and perimeter of cushioning sand dunes provide wind-sheltered and comfortable spots along this Guernsey beach. In low tide, there are rock pools, whose wildlife can be enjoyed and explored. In a high tide, barbequed cuisine can be enjoyed with the peaceful lapping of the waves on your feet.
Cobo Bay Beach
Cobo Bay beach in Guernsey is a beautiful, stretch of coast, and a lively venue due to the close proximity of bars, and live music that is hosted by local hotels in peak season. The beach is broad and safe, so is also suited to families. All the necessary supplies for a barbeque can be easily sourced in the local area, and the Cobo butchers boasts high quality locally produced meat to give your feast a unique touch.
This Jersey beach is a true suntrap, and is sheltered by the steep cliffs of its enclosure. Though a brief trek and down a steep path from the car park, this beach is well worth it. Rarely crowded, and breathtaking scenery including water of rich turquoise, provided you’re well stocked with all your barbequing provisions, Beauport is a truly top spot to indulge.
St Ouen’s Bay
A centre for water sports in Jersey, St Ouen’s benefits from waves rolling inland from the Atlantic, making this beach a haven for surfers. The current here can sometimes be strong, so swimmers must enjoy with caution. The beach is wide, flat and beautiful, and the large sandy expanse leaves plenty of opportunity to set up camp and enjoy a barbeque.
This small beach is the place to go if you’re barbeque ideal is the serenity of a scenic sunset, peaceful and picturesque with few people around. However, not far from public toilets, parking and a children’s playground, Les Amarreurs is a convenient spot for barbequing as well.