We have so many amazing beaches in Jersey. However, Portelet Bay is one of our favourites. It is well worth the many steps down to the beach. This sheltered cove offers a sandy beach that is perfect for building sand castles on. Youngest and I decided to take our net and go exploring the turquoise sea.
We were one of the only ones on the beach. I can only presume that the steps put a lot of people off. However, those steps are really worth the effort, especially when you are rewarded with views like the above. We set about hunting for shells and fish. We paddled in the sea and had our feet tickled by seaweed.
We then decided to make rock sculptures. When we travelled round Norway in May, we learnt that tourists like to leave a pile of rocks at the side of the fjords. This is a way of saying thank you to Norway and the stunning scenery. We liked this idea and decided to recreate it in Portelet. Our way of saying thank you to Jersey! We do feel very lucky to live on such a beautiful little island.
If only I had remembered to pack our ball! The bay is the perfect spot for some beach sport. Next time! Behind the net you can see a little island known as Janvrin’s Tomb. It is perfect for exploring. However, visitors should be aware that the tide comes in quickly. If you aren’t careful then you can quite easily end up stranded on the island. The only thing to do is to wait for the tide to turn. Not a bad place to be stranded though.
A morning spent in the sun left us feeling thirsty. We decided to escape to the shade of the Portelet Bay Cafe. This is a new addition to the beach. I have been told that they serve the most amazing pizzas. We did notice the pizza oven being fired up, I was very tempted to stay for lunch. However, we settled for ice-creams and the shade of the restaurant. Refueled and refreshed we headed back to the beach. We spent another hour exploring the cove. Youngest became very excited when she thought that she had found a pearl! With the sun now reaching its peak in the sky, the beach was becoming very hot. We decided that it was time to pack-up and head home.
We reluctantly brushed the sand from our feet, and made the steep climb back up the steps. We lost count at step 54. Youngest was clearly exhausted from her morning in the sun. On the short drive home she managed to fall asleep! Our morning at Portelet Bay had been a lovely one.
- Free public car park at the top of the beach.
- On a regular bus route.
- Pub at the top of the beach. Family friendly with soft play.
- Cafe on the beach with toilet facilities.
What adventures have you been on this week?