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The best beaches close to the Merton Hotel

The best beaches close to the Merton Hotel

04 May 2021

One of the best things about holidaying in Jersey is you're never more than 10 minutes from the sea.

Going to the beach is without doubt the most popular thing to do in Jersey, and the island is blessed with a huge range of different beaches, bays and coves.

If you're planning to spend more time on the sand than in the car, these beaches are no more than a 15 minute journey from our hotel.

Havre des Pas


Sunset over Havre des Pas bathing pool. Image courtesy of Visit Jersey

Best method of transport: walking

Time it'll take: 5-10 minutes

Don't miss: a dip in the Victorian bathing pool

Havre des Pas is a small but beautiful beach on the outskirts of St Helier. One of the closest beaches to the Merton, Havre des Pas' main attraction is the Victorian bathing pool which fills with water on each high tide, providing a great swimming spot once the tide's gone out again.

Surrounding the pool is the art deco Lido which is home to a popular beach kiosk, cafe and bar. The sea wall is also lined with a number of good restaurants and cafes. Havre des Pas has everything a family needs to enjoy a sunny day beside the sea.

During summer Havre des Pas has regular lifeguard cover.

Green Island Beach


Crystal clear water and bright sunshine is why locals love Green Island. Image courtesy of Visit Jersey.

Best method of transport: Bus

Transport time: 5 minutes on the number 1

Don't miss: rock-pooling at low tide

Green Island Beach is a short scenic bus ride away from Merton Hotel along the south eastern coast road. Here you'll find a small, picturesque beach with fluffy white sand and plenty of rock pools to keep everyone occupied during low tides.

Green Island Beach has no lifeguard cover, so please be careful when swimming and always check the tides before heading out.

Set back from the beach is a great little beach café for all your snack requirements. And if you fancy a treat, the adjoining seafood restaurant has a great reputation with locals.

Royal Bay of Grouville


The Royal Bay of Grouville is perfect for families looking for their own slice of sand . Image courtesy of Visit Jersey

Best method of transport: Bus

Transport time: 15 minutes on the number 2

Don't miss: a chance to get away from it all

If you'd prefer to go a little further afield for your beach fix (like 15mins!), then the Royal Bay of Grouville offers wide open space, beautiful white sand and safe swimming at high tide. On a clear day visitors get panoramic views of the french coast.

The Royal Bay of Grouville has no lifeguard cover, so please be careful when swimming and always check the tides before heading out.

For refreshments, head to one of the beach kiosks that are dotted along the road. If you're looking for a more formal meal, Gorey is packed full of tasty eateries from yummy pub grub to fine dining.

La Rocque


La Rocque on a bright summer's day. Image courtesy of Visit Jersey

Best method of transport: Bus

Transport time: 10 minutes on the number 1

Don't miss: a guided walk to Seymour Tower

La Rocque Harbour and beach is situated at the south-eastern tip of the island. Here a picturesque breakwater shelters a small harbour and a beautiful white-sand beach from westerly winds.

The breakwater provides a safe swimming spot at high tide. But as the tide drops, La Rocque transforms as rock pools and the picture perfect Seymour Tower emerge from the ocean. Guided tours of Seymour Tower can be booked daily. We always recommend heading out to the with a guide as the incoming tide can catch unsuspecting visitors out.

La Rocque has no lifeguard cover, so please be careful when swimming and always check the tides before heading out.

After a day exploring La Rocque, head over to the Seymour Inn for a sunset beverage and to toast to another awesome day in Jersey. Bliss.

Bonus beach: Whilst visiting La Rocque, see if you can find the very discreetly tucked away Robin's Bay, nestled just below the beautiful La Platte Rocque house.

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