Accommodation in Jersey ranges from luxurious 5-star hotels to modest guesthouses. Upper-crust hotels line the beaches, while more modestly priced rooms are nestled away in the countryside. Budget accommodation is rare, though the island does have 2 hostels. Most hotels are clustered around St. Helier, the island's cosmopolitan capital, and St. Brelade, a resort area with inviting beaches.
Jersey's towns and villages are home to markets, shops, and workshops selling local produce and arts and crafts. Many shoppers head to the island for VAT-free shopping, but it’s worth bearing in mind that there's still a Jersey sales tax of 5 percent added to purchases. Browse the specialty shops, and be sure to visit at least one of Jersey's lively public markets.
Visitors flock to Jersey for its beaches, rolling countryside, and intriguing history. Nature lovers will feel at home whether inland hiking the meadows and hills or down on one of the pristine beaches. Interested in wildlife? The island is home to a healthy variety of indigenous animals. Remnants of the area’s World War II occupation under the Nazis can be seen across the island.
Jersey is a Crown Dependency of the UK, though its identity is very distinct from the mainland. French and British cultures meld on Jersey, the largest and most cosmopolitan of the Channel Islands. Traits from Breton and Portuguese emigrants are also peppered throughout Jersey’s culture. Its farmhouses and small, neatly plotted-out fields are remnants of its time annexed to the Duchy of Normandy.
Jersey takes advantage of its island setting - almost every restaurant and café serves locally caught fish and other seafood, with crab and lobster being the most popular. The island has a reputation for deluxe destination dining, but there are also plenty of affordable and family-friendly spots.
The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey offers a lively blend of French and British influences in language, food, and culture. Breton and Portuguese customs have also left their mark, thanks to many immigrants from these areas. Vacationers appreciate Jersey's scenic walking trails, sandy beaches, and intriguing history. The climate here is much like the UK’s, but summers are slightly warmer.
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