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- Bordeaux is separated into two bays by an L-shaped granite pier and slipway. The northern bay is where a number of small fishing and pleasure boats are moored. When the tide is up, the pier is a popular spot for children to jump off into the shallow water. The southern beach has a narrow pebble bank at the top which leads onto the sand. It is a popular paddling spot for young families and you’ll often find snorkellers exploring around the rocks when the tide is high.At the northern perimeter there is a car park that leads to the northern coastal path. At low tide, a short walk north leads you to Paradis Island which can be accessed down the deep pebble beach. On extreme low tides, the Bordeaux area makes for good exploring around the tiny islands and rocky outcrops. From the southern car parks, a short walk south takes you towards Vale Castle. Care should be taken when crossing the road as both access points to the castle are on blind bends on the road.There are toilets at the southern end of area next to the very popular kiosk which is often busy. Many people stop off at the car parks when the tide is high to watch the passing boats traveling north and south through the Little Russel which is the main transit into St Peter Port. There is a small recycling facility in the southern car park.Swimmers should be aware that Guernsey’s strongest tidal currents pass Bordeaux and so they shouldn’t stray too far from the shore.
- Ladies’ Bay is a medium sized sandy beach running north-south on Guernsey’s north-western coast. It is the main beach within Grand Havre Bay which is nearly a mile deep from the headland to the inner-most beach near the Vale Church. This beach is popular at all states of tide and can be access from both the northern and southern slipways. Ladies’ Bay is probably the island’s most popular windsurfing and kitesurfing location and summer schools can be found here. At the northern (Chouet) end there is a kiosk and toilets. A tea-room can also be found at the top end of the car park. At the southern end there is a ice-cream and snack cabin parked during the busy summer period. Close-by are toilets and a playground for under 14s. The playground separates two car parks.
- Portinfer is traditionally recognised as a low to mid tide surfing location, however, there is a small sandy stretch and pebble beach at the top of the bay that is very pleasant particularly when the tide is up. For those willing to negotiate the awkward central rocky patch in the bay, Portinfer offers a beautiful stretch of sand on spring low tides. Nearest facilities are a 5 minute walk along the coast path to Port Soif. A car park can be found along a single track road that leads to the clay pigeon range at the northern end of the bay.
- Pembroke Bay is a large sandy beach with central rocky outcrops that divides it into two locally recognised beaches – Pembroke and L’Ancresse. It’s gentle sloping nature makes it popular for swimmers, kayakers and kite boarders. Occasionally, some boats will drop anchor in the summer sun. The Pembroke end has a narrow strip of pebble beach up against the sea wall and also around the central portion of the bay. Small forts can be found at either headland of Pembroke Bay. L’Ancresse golf course’s 15th and 16th holes run alongside the bay. A few minutes walk to the north west of Pembroke is Jaonneuse Bay which is a small sandy beach as a high tide alternative. There a couple of small parks right next to it. Five minuntes from Pembroke car park, up and across the golf course’s 17th hole, the Millennium Stone monument can be found which commands a beautiful panoramic vista across L’Ancresse common. There are toilets and car parks at both ends of the bay. At the Pembroke/western end, there is the recently refurbished and fully licensed Beach House cafe and kiosk which offers everything you should need at a beach. At the eastern end you will find a more traditional kiosk that serves up the usual things and you can deckchairs etc. Buses stop a short walk from the access slipway.
- Amarreurs Harbour is a very small fishing harbour populated by just a handful of vessels. There is a mix of fine and coarse sand, along with some shingle areas. The old stone pier is very popular with children for jumping off and swimming around. On a spring low tide it is possible to walk right across the mainly sandy bay to Rousse. Along the way, the low tide reveals some reasonable sized rock pools. Toilets are located next to the car park and playground. At the northern end of the playground you’ll find a ice cream and snack cabin at the top of the slipway that leads onto Ladies’ Bay.