Cobo Bay, a white sandy beach on the west coast of Guernsey that attracts hundreds of visitors every year. It is a favourite beach for many to visit during the summer months as the water heats up for swimming and as the sun sets over the waves.

There are many beautiful beaches in Guernsey, however, Cobo Bay was always one that drew us back.

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Cobo Bay Guernsey - WHAT, WHERE and WHY..

Cobo Bay is the perfect place to go in Guernsey on a warm, sunny day either for a walk around the coastal paths or for a dip in the sea. In this guide, we will discuss the best time to go to Cobo as well as the following

  • What is Cobo Bay?
  • Where is Cobo Bay?
  • How to get to Cobo Bay?
  • Why Should I go to Cobo Bay?
  • When Should I go to Cobo Bay?
  • Preparing for your trip to Guernsey
gemma and campell cobo beach sunset

What is Cobo Bay?

Cobo Bay is one of the most popular beaches in Guernsey. The white sand and crystal clear water sit beside plenty of amenities including The Cobo Bay Hotel, the Rockmount restaurant and a kiosk. There is also a supermarket, the Cobo tearooms and a toilet block nearby.

There is plenty of parking beside the Rockmount Hotel, however, in the summer months you will see just how popular this beach is and it will be difficult to find a parking space.

During the summer months in Guernsey, head round to Cobo Bay on a Sunday for an afternoon full of live music and fun. Cobo Hotel balcony turns into a stage where live bands perform to the crowds that gather on the beach and the closed off-road area. Bring a picnic and some drinks and chill out the beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon listening to the local talent.

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Where is Cobo Bay?

Cobo Bay is located on the western side of the island, on the Cobo Coast road, near Vazon and Grand Roque. It is one of Guernsey’s most popular beaches by those of all ages.

Cobo can be accessed by car, bus or on foot and is reasonably accessible using the ramps onto the beach.

cobo bay high tide

How to get to Cobo Bay?

Cobo beach is located on the Cobo Coast Road on the west side of the island. From St Peter Port you can head up La Grange past Sauzmarez Park and towards the west coast and you won’t be able to miss it. 

If you are getting the bus to Cobo Bay, the routes are 41,42,91.

There are stairs leading down to the beach at various points and also a few ramps along the beach making it more easily accessible.

Bus Routes – 41, 42, 91

filter overlooking sea

Why Should I go to Cobo Bay?

Not only are there white golden sands on Cobo Bay, but the water is so clear and blue, you will feel like you are abroad!

Cobo beach is perfect for a family day out, or to chill with friends and watch the sunset over the sea. The beautiful stretch of sand is perfect for playing beach games, sunbathing and building sandcastles.

drone photo of cobo bay

When should I go to Cobo Bay?

The best time to visit Cobo Bay is during the summer months when the tide is going out. This means you will be able to maximize your time on this beautiful beach. 

The best time to visit Cobo is at sunset in summer when it sets directly over the bay, creating a golden glow over the water.

Throughout the summer months, the Cobo Bay Hotel holds balcony gigs. The road is closed off and everyone gathers on the beach to listen to live music.

couple in sea

Before You Leave for Guernsey

Before you leave on your trip to the beautiful island of Guernsey, there are a number of things you will need to organise to ensure a smooth and stress-free trip. These include what to pack, where to stay and what is the best travel insurance for Guernsey.

What to Pack for Guernsey

What you need to pack for Guernsey will rely highly on when you make your trip to the Channel Islands. During the Spring and Autumn months, temperatures and weather patterns vary wildly between beautiful sunny skies and storming gales.

The temperatures generally vary from 10 oC to 25 oC during these months, with a mixture between cold, northerly winds and warmer southerlies. There is a small amount of rain, with maybe 1 in 7 days receiving rainfall, which makes it perfect for days out exploring the beautiful island.

During the Summer months in Guernsey, temperatures tend to range from 20oC to 30oC, with some days topping 35oC. Summer days in Guernsey are perfect for the beach, with many locals and travellers alike sending their day soaking up the sun and playing in the sea. When it comes to toiletries, we recommend that you don’t forget to pack sunscreen. The sun in Guernsey can be strong, especially in the summer months.

If you need more inspiration on what to pack for your trip, check out our full packing guides for all-weather conditions over here.

Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you will see in Guernsey, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.

You can read what else we keep in our camera bag over here.

Photography Equipment

Main Photography Camera – Sony A7iii Mirrorless Camera

Main Lens – Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM 

Zoom Lens – Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8

Camera Stand – Neewer Portable 177cm

Vlogging Camera – Sony HX90v

Action Camera – GoPro Hero 8 Black

Drone Camera – DJI Mavic Pro 2

Camera Bag – Lowepro Flipside 300 AW

What is the Best Travel Insurance for Guernsey?

If you are simply planning on heading to Guernsey for a holiday, one thing that is essential for everybody is good travel insurance. Accidents can happen anywhere and at anytime and unexpected hospital bills will ruin a holiday. Remove the stress from your next adventure and get covered for the worst.

World Nomads Travel Insurance provides budget reliable travel insurance that will keep you covered for any level of adventure.

You can get your quote before you leave on your trip right here.


St Peter Port

Where to Stay in Guernsey?

When it comes to accommodation on Guernsey, you are simply spoiled for choice with a huge range of hotels, B&Bs and even campsites to choose from. No matter what your preferred level of luxury is, there is the perfect place for you.

Luxury – Spend your time on Guernsey in true luxury at the Old Government House Spa and Hotel in St Peter Port. This hotel has beautiful views over the harbour of Guernsey’s capital, as well as access to a luxurious spa, an outdoor terrace and a heated, outdoor pool.

Book your stay at the Old Government House Spa and Hotel here.

Mid-range – If you would like a taste of luxury at an affordable price, then the Auberge du Val Hotel is perfect for you. This 19th-century farmhouse sits on the west coast of the island and offers cosy, ensuite rooms, complete with tea, coffee and tv. The hotel is just a short walk from the beautiful nature reserves in St Saviour, perfect for a romantic trip away for the weekend.

Book your stay at the Auberge du Val Hotel here.

Budget – Situated just 2-miles from Guernsey airport in the heart of St Martins, the Carlton Inn is the best value hotel in Guernsey. With free parking and wifi, as well as access to the Wicked Wolf pub that sits in the same building.

Book your stay at the Carlton Inn here.

Camping – If you are up for a more adventurous stay on Guernsey, Fauxquets Valley Campsite offer a range of glamping safari tents, glamping pods and sites for your own tent if you bring one. Visit their website for a full price list of tents and campsites.


Gemma looking over Fermain Bay Guernsey

So there you have it, your complete guide to visiting Cobo Bay in Guernsey! This is just one of the many amazing beaches in Guernsey, and we would recommend that you give visiting this gem of an island a go.

If you found this guide to Cobo Bay in Guernsey useful, please let us know in the comments section below. We love chatting you guys about this kind of thing, and sharing our top experiences with everyone else! What beach was your favourite? Did you try any of the restaurants?

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