A Small Island with a Lot to Offer
Jersey is a small but wealthy island just off the South Coast of England and North of France. It has a population of less than 100,000 and is self-governing. It is the largest of the group of islands in the Channel Islands with its sister island called Guernsey.
It is an English-speaking island and has a relationship with the UK although it is not officially part of the UK and although it is not part of the European Union it is treated as a part of the European Community.
One unique aspect about Jersey is that VAT is not applied to luxury goods making it an ideal shopping venue for visitors from neighbouring countries.
Stunning Water and Coastline
The island is surrounded by beautifully clear waters, one of the most visited being the Les Dirouilles, located a few miles off the east coast of Jersey and includes rocky areas of warm waters hosting a large variety of marine wildlife. Because the area has links to the warm Gulf Stream mammals such as dolphins, whales and seals are frequent visitors to the shores and make for excellent photos.
If you prefer to relax on the beach then head for St Catherine which is a long stretch of soft sand combined with some pebbles covering more than a mile of the coastline along the east coast and providing many rocky coves that are ideal for picnics.
French-named Winding Streets
Jersey has a history which dates back a thousand years although it has been an island for more than 8,000 years and it still maintains strong links with its past in terms of architecture and lifestyle. It measures 10 miles by 6 miles so can easily be explored by bike or for the more adventurous, on foot.
Seafood and more Seafood
The island is home to many wealthy families and as such caters for both the rich and tourists alike.
It specializes in seafood caught locally especially mussels, oysters, lobsters and spider crabs, all of which are freshly caught and served on the same day.
Try Fishing for Fun!
If you want to enjoy something different then you would be advised to try Bass sea fishing which is extremely popular either from the shore or by boat. You will need to seek some local knowledge beforehand because the tides are very changeable but the experience is second to none and many famous visitors have enjoyed the activity.