An insight into life in Guernsey ahead of the Spirit Yachts Regatta from 25th June – 2nd July
With the Spirit Yachts Guernsey Regatta fast approaching, we caught up with our event partner Locate Guernsey to find out more about life on the island. Locate Guernsey’s Director Jo Stoddart shares her advice on all the best locations, where to shop and how to get around the island.
What’s the best way for Spirit owners and crew to get around Guernsey?
An electric bicycle is a great option – the island is quite hilly in places, so the benefit of some additional power to help get you from A to B is quite helpful! We also have a good bus service and although driving around the island might be a bit daunting for some due to the narrow roads, parking in St Peter Port is free.
Above: Fermain Bay in Guernsey
How would you spend a day exploring the island?
Island Rib Voyages, Outdoor Guernsey and OJ’s at Saints Bay have joined forces for the ultimate water-based experience. Board a RIB in St Peter Port and blast along the south coast to Saints Bay before exploring the coastline on a kayak or getting your adrenaline pumping with coasteering. Once the activities are finished, you’ll be treated to a delicious BBQ with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Or you can simply choose one of the many activities on offer with Outdoor Guernsey such as paddleboarding, puffin spotting or rock climbing.
Above: SUP at Saints Bay
Alternatively, you can stay in St Peter Port and join a guided walk to discover more about the town’s history. Afterwards, you can explore the exquisitely renovated Victor Hugo House in Hauteville or walk around the award-winning Candie Gardens – a rare example of a late 19th century public flower garden. The gardens are also the location of the Guernsey Museum, an art gallery and a café which are housed in a restored Victorian bandstand. Admire the fishponds and wide variety of flowers or sit with a cuppa admiring the view over to the neighbouring islands.
For those who enjoy walking, exploring the cliff paths along the South coast is a must! Follow the Renoir walk and stop off en route at one of the charming tea rooms at Moulin Huet, Saints Bay or Petit Bot. Alternatively, head off to the sandy beaches of the West coast, where you can watch (or join) the surfers at Vazon Bay and enjoy refreshments at one of the many kiosks dotted along the coast.
Tell us your favourite spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast – the Kiln at Oatlands (booking essential)
Lunch – Fermain Beach Café
Dinner – Either the Rockmount Pub at Cobo or La Reunion Restaurant watching the sunset (booking essential for both of these)
Above: wining and dining in Guernsey
Where are the best places to buy groceries and local produce near St Peter Port?
Surf and Turf – the freshest fish straight off the quay as well as a wonderful selection of meats.
The Guernsey Weigh – for fresh local fruit and veg and waste free products – either use paper bags or take along your own containers to fill.
Waitrose (on the edge of St Peter Port) and the Co-Op in the Guernsey Market buildings both sell plenty of locally grown foods as well as standard supermarket fare. Food is also available at Marks & Spencer which is just a short walk from the Yacht Club.
Further details on the Spirit Yachts Guernsey Regatta can be found here.