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Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, places to stay and eat:
- Cobo beach is probably the second most popular beach on Guernsey. It is primarily a sandy channel lying between the distinctive Cobo geology. It is deceptively steep around the half-tide mark and at low tide the sea is not anything like as far to reach as other beaches on the island.Car parks can be found at both ends of the beach. To the south is a kiosk and toilets next to the access slipway. At the northern end is Cobo village where a small supermarket, post office, garage and chip shop can be found. The very popular Rockmount pub is located centrally along the coast road.
- Saumarez Park is the largest public park on the island of Guernsey. It contains various facilities, including a cafe, a large children’s playground, large open grass lawns and a duck pond. A nature trail links the park with nearby Cobo Bay on the north shore of the island. Situated within the park, near the Victorian walled garden, is the National Trust of Guernsey’s Folk & Costume Museum. It is housed in a cluster of meticulously restored traditional farm buildings and showcases Guernsey’s heritage with exhibitions covering domestic life, farming, fishing and sea-faring. In addition, special exhibitions from the more than 8000 pieces of its nationally acclaimed costume collection are on display throughout every season
- Port Soif is sheltered, well protected sandy 180-degree cove which is very popular in the summer months with all ages. With the tide half-up and half-down it is a prime swimming spot. The horeshoe is actually close to being a full circle with only a small channel between the headlands of Grandes Rocques and Portinfer. This means that as the tide goes out you can have a long walk to the sea for a swim. Car parks can be found along access roads at either end of the bay. The northern end has a kiosk and toilets.
- Vazon beach is Guernsey’s premier beach location is divided into two distinct sections by a rocky area that helps provide a surfing break. Vazon’s northern end is a large, gentle sandy sweep enjoyed by swimmers, surfers, windsurfers, kite surfers and those who just wish to paddle their feet in the shallows. Approximately 2/3rds along the coast road (heading south) is Richmond kiosk which is an alternative and busy spot to stop. To the west the beach becomes more coarse and grainy, but otherwise the sand is as good as the more popular northern end. The main Vazon area has a choice of two bistros – Vistas and Crabby Jacks. Public toilets are on the the coast side next to Vistas. Car parks can be found all along the coast road. A 5 minute walk inland or 1 minute drive will take you to a small Co-op store. As you drive south you pass La Grande Mare golf course and hotel and a little way past that on the side is Richmond kiosk and more public toilets.
- Fort Hommet is a fortification on Vazon Bay headland, built on the site of fortifications that date back to 1680, and consists of a Martello tower from 1804, later additions during the Victorian Era, and bunkers and casemates that the Germans constructed during World War II. Open to visitors, though with restrictive hours.
- Grandes Rocques has something for everyone. It is a sandy expanse with rocky outcrops that contain many rock pools when the tide is down which are routinely explored by people of all ages. Despite being open to the prevailing south-westerlies, the offshore rock formations help ensure that the beach is great for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. A reasonable sized car park area can be found just off the coast road and also towards the headland which leads to Grandes Rocques Battery. A busy kiosk caters for all essentials and also offers deckchair and windbreak hire. Buses drop off in the car park here.