St Aubin’s Bay is a long stretch of beach that goes all the way from St Helier Yacht Marina to St Aubins harbour which is an historic gem of restaurants and pubs well worth a visit.
Just behind the sea wall there is a busy path for cyclists and walkers, you can take a walk or cycle from St Helier to St Aubins stopping on the way at the many beach cafe’s along the way to get refreshments.
This beach is a safe place to swim as the beach slopes at such a gentle angle it is difficult to get to deep water. The tide goes out almost half a kilometer at its lowest leaving a huge open beach often almost deserted even in the summer.
It is a fairly sheltered beach and a favorite for sunbathers and walkers. You can find Sea Sport hire and tuition at La Haule slip and Volley Ball nets at The Gunsite cafe which is actually a converted German bunker from world war two.
There is a huge amount of parking along the bay and you should always be able to find parking on even the very busiest of summer days.
The beaches along St Aubins bay only get busy near the Beach Cafe’s and Water Sports concessions the rest of the beach is left to anyone seeking peace and quite.
Whenever you look up from the beach you will see Elizabeth Castle dominating the view in a majestic and slightly lazy way it floats on the sea at the horizon. You can take “The Duck” an amphibious bus to Elizabeth Castle when the tide is high and walk there when the tide is low.
At the other end of the bay you will see St Aubins fort which is also cut off by the tide but has no amphibious vehicle service. You can also walk to St Aubins Fort at low tide but be aware of the tide as you can easily be cut off and have to be rescued.
There are toilets spread fairly evenly along the bay and steps down to the beach at fairly frequent intervals and with less waves than St Ouens and softer sand than Gorey it is a popular beach to water ski, windsurf and sunbathe and a place to be seen.
The easiest beach to visit from St Helier still has a wow factor the locals simply call it “The Front” but it is actually called St Aubins Bay.
Parking: Easy and lots of it
Access: Easy by slip or by Steps
Bus service: Lots of bus routes go to St Aubins
Refreshments: Lots of refreshments and food available all along the sea wall.
Deck Chair Hire: No
Water sports: At La Haule slip
Disabled Toilets: Yes