Portelet Bay is a small bay located on the south west coast of Jersey very close to St. Brelade’s Bay. Portelet Bay is crescent shaped, southerly facing, sheltered and secluded beach. The beach is sheltered from winds by the granite cliffs which surround it on three sides.
Portelet is a great place for snorkeling and canoeing the water is crystal clear, pollution free and full of natural beauty.
The long walk down to the beach at Portelet Bay ensures it stays less crowded than some of the other more accessible beaches. When you have made the effort to reach this beach you realise it is well worth the walk.
Portelet is a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach which has won many awards and accolades over the years and is recognised as one of the finest natural beaches in the world.
At the top there is the Old Portelet Inn where you can eat after a long days sunbathing on the beach. The Old Portelet Inn in one of the oldest pubs in Jersey and you can see many original features inside.
The Island in the middle of the bay is called Janvrin’s Tomb after a captain who died whilst making his crew and himself stay there until they were free from disease. The tide cuts this Island off when it is high so be careful not to get stranded. The tide also creates rock pools and a constantly changing shoreline which make the view towards Janvrin’s Tomb and the German Fortifications at Noirmont Point change through the day and night.
If you enjoy having a well deserved pint of local ale in an Inn full of history and life after a days quite sunbathing and swimming this is your perfect holiday beach and you must visit Portelet Bay.
Parking: Easy and lots of it
Access: Steep stairs not suitable for disabled
Bus service: 12 and 12a
Refreshments: Pub/Restaurant at the top of the stairs
Deck Chair Hire: No
Water sports: No
Disabled Toilets: No