Guernsey is a small island located between the UK and France. This little paradise has a bit of everything to offer and the hidden beaches and coves are one of our favourites. The southeast coast of the island is full of hidden coves and secret beaches, some of which are only visible at low tide.
Petit Bot Bay is one of the hidden beaches along the coast that offers the gorgeous blue waters that we all love. One summer morning in Guernsey, we kicked off the day with a sunrise swim at this stunning beach and it was an amazing way to start the day!
Read all about Petit Bot bay in this full guide to the hidden beach in Guernsey.
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Included in this guide are all of the following points, details of which will be discussed later in the article.
- What is Petit Bot Bay?
- Where is Petit Bot Bay?
- How to get to Petit Bot Bay?
- Why Should I go to Petit Bot Bay?
- When Should I go to Petit Bot Bay?
- Preparing for your trip to Guernsey
Petit Bot Bay Hidden Beach in Guernsey
What is Petit Bot Bay?
Petit Bot Bay is one of Guernsey’s stunning hidden beaches on the south coast of the island. There are benches to sit on looking onto the beach if you don’t fancy walking across the stones. The Petit Bot Tearooms also look over the beach with picnic benches outside and serving up food and drink throughout the day. There are also toilet facilities here for your convenience.
Where is Petit Bot Bay?
Petit Bot Bay is located not far from Guernsey Airport in the Forest Parish. The bay lies on the south coast of the island and is surrounded by towering cliffs making it reasonably sheltered. The sandy bay is revealed at low tide as the high tide leaves only stones on show.
How to get to Petit Bot Bay?
Petit Bot Bay is located not far from Guernsey Airport, on the south side of the island. You will see a sign for Petit Bot Bay across the road from Forest Stores. Follow the road down past The New Manor until you reach the bottom. There is limited parking at the bottom, however, there is also parking up the hill and you can walk down.
If you are getting the bus, you will need to get the 11 or 91.
If you are walking, Petit Bot Bay can also be accessed via the cliff path. It is situated in between Icart and Le Gouffre so it would be possible to park at either of them and walk round to Petit Bot Bay.
Why Should I go to Petit Bot Bay?
Guernsey is full of hidden beautiful beaches and Petit Bot Bay is actually one of the easier ones to access. If you are driving then it doesn’t have to involve an up and down walk around the cliffs, however, due to the rocks on the beach, the sea itself is only really accessible for those with no mobility concerns.
When Should I go to Petit Bot Bay?
Petit Bot Bay is best visited at low tide as the expansive white sand will be visible. At high tide, this beach is pretty rocky and we would recommend wearing water shoes. Petit Bot Bay is best visited on a warm sunny day, although we visited on a cloudy August evening and still enjoyed a swim in the 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.
How to Get to Guernsey
Given that Guernsey is an island, you really have two choices of transport for getting there: plane or boat. Both of these transport methods are available from the UK, France and from the neighbouring Channel Islands.
Ferry to Guernsey
Condor is the best option for ferries to and from the Channel Islands from the mainland. Leaving from the mainland UK ports of Poole and Portsmouth, the French port of St Malo and the Channel Islands port of Jersey, there are two main ferries that will bring you to Guernsey.
The faster boat, known as the Liberation, takes 3 hours to get from Poole to Guernsey, while the slower boat, known as the Clipper, takes 7 hours from Portsmouth. From St Malo, it will take you just under 2 hours aboard the Rapide to reach Guernsey.
Fly to Guernsey
Flying to Guernsey can be done from multiple airports across the UK with the Channel Islands airline, Aurigny. This is the quickest and easiest way to get to the island if you are only coming for a short period of time.
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.
If you need more inspiration on what to pack for your trip, check out our full packing guides for all-weather conditions over here.
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.,
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.
What is the Best Travel Insurance for Guernsey
Regardless of what type of trip you are heading on, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So there you have it, a complete guide to Petit Port in Guernsey! This is just one of the many beautiful beaches and cliff views along the southern coast of the island, so make sure you read our other Guernsey guide to discover even more of them.
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