Port Soif 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. With a protected bay at high tide that is perfect for swimming and incredible surf at low tide, Port Soif is one of our favourite beaches on the island.

In this guide, we will discuss the best time to go to Port Soif as well as the following –

  • What is Port Soif?
  • Where is Port Soif?
  • How to get to Port Soif?
  • Why Should I go to Port Soif?
  • When Should I go to Port Soif?
  • Preparing for your trip to Guernsey

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Port Soif, Guernsey – WHAT, WHERE, and WHY..

What is Port Soif?

Port Soif is a crescent-shaped sandy beach that is sheltered by sand dunes, making it a great beach for swimming and sunbathing. There are a small number of steps leading down onto the beach, therefore it would not be the easiest beach to access for those with impaired mobility. 

Winding around the back of the sand dunes is a gravel path that leads around the rocky shore out towards the west coast. This is a highly popular walk for dog walkers and anyone else wishing to soak up the beautiful Guernsey scenery. 

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Where is Port Soif?

Port Soif is located near Grand Rocque on the west side of the island. There is ample parking here and when you arrive, you will have the choice of two car parks. One is closer to the kiosk and the other is closer to the beach.

You can access the car parks by turning towards the sea just down the road from the Guernsey Football Club.

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How to get to Port Soif?

Port Soif is easily accessed off the main road of Portinfer Coast Road. There is a sign for the Surfside Beach Cafe from the road leading you up the small road to the car park. 

If you are getting the bus to Port Soif, you will need to get either the 41 or 91.

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When Should I Go to Port Soif

Port Soif looks completely different at high and low tide and in our opinion, high tide is best. This beach also catches beautiful golden light at sunset

This beach is generally one of the more popular beaches to visit on the island, so it will be unlikely you’ll have the place to yourself.

Why Should I Go to Port Soif?

There is a great amount of parking that sits just above the beach and also a kiosk with toilet facilities. The Surfside kiosk serves both hot and cold foods as well as buckets and spades etc. for the beach.

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.


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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.



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So there you have it, your complete to Port Soif in Guernsey! This is just one of the many amazing places to visit in Guernsey, and we would recommend that you give living on this gem of an island a go.

If you found this guide to the historical sites 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 is your favourite? Do you have any places to add that we missed out?

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If you are planning a trip to Guernsey soon then check out our other Channel Islands content right here. Come and find us on social media to see where we are currently exploring. Tag us in your photos from Guernsey and we will share them with the rest of our community of explorers and backpackers on our social channels!

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