Plemont Beach, Jersey, Channel islands – photo © Jersey Tourism

The wow factor: Unsung compared to more illustrious south coast beaches, such as St Brelade and Portelet Bay, Plemont on Jersey’s north-west coast is a little beauty. You’ll need to get there before high tide as it gets completely covered; however, at other times it is a stretch of fine sand hemmed in by rocks. There are also fascinating caves to explore and a stream with a waterfall on the western side of the beach.

Activities: Children can go rock pooling to hunt for crabs and other sea creatures, or play in the shallow lagoons left on the beach by the retreating tide. Bodyboarding is popular on the surf waves when there is too much swell for swimming.

Stay: Book a self-catering apartment close to the beach or make it a decadent break and stay in one of St Helier’s luxury hotels, such as the Grand Hotel ( or chic boutique property The Club hotel & Spa (

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