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The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey – or more properly the Bailiwick of Jersey – falls somewhere between France and England in both geography and culture. Lying just 22 km (13.7 miles) off the French coast, the island is technically part of the United Kingdom, but with its own government and local laws, including famously relaxed laws on taxation. The island has a global reputation as a tax haven, with vast sums of money changing hands daily in the capital city, St. Helier, but holidaymakers are more interested in the peaceful beaches that hug its 48 miles of coastline, and the dramatic castles that once kept the island safe from ...

The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey – or more properly the Bailiwick of Jersey – falls somewhere between France and England in both geography and culture. Lying just 22 km (13.7 miles) off the French coast, the island is technically part of the United Kingdom, but with its own government and local laws, including famously relaxed laws on taxation. The island has a global reputation as a tax haven, with vast sums of money changing hands daily in the capital city, St. Helier, but holidaymakers are more interested in the peaceful beaches that hug its 48 miles of coastline, and the dramatic castles that once kept the island safe from French invaders. The island's defenses were less effective in WWII — Germany occupied Jersey from 1940 to 1945, and a series of intriguing museums chart this turbulent period in Jersey's history. For all its international past, Jersey calls out to people nostalgic for the old-fashioned English summer holidays. The weather is warm, the beaches uncrowded, and gentle, family-friendly attractions abound. The best of the sand is sprinkled along the south coast; head to the rugged north coast for clifftop walks and bike rides.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Island off the coast of Normandy, France
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Jersey Pound
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    June to September for the best beach weather