Jersey area guide

There's more than tax-dodging to this British Crown dependency

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Laidback island life and beautiful sandy beaches.

By day
Sandy beaches, craggy rocks and blue seas make Jersey a great beach destination. The island’s variety means you can be exploring the caves and pools of Plemont one day, sunbathing at sandy Portelet Bay the next and having traditional seaside fun at St Brelade’s Bay the day after. Head for St Ouen’s Bay to go blokarting or play in the waves all week, or head to Grouville Bay for waterskiing, wakeboarding and speedboat trips. For thrill-seekers, there’s coasteering, kayaking and skydiving – week-long surf camps are also a good deal.

By night
The capital, St Helier, is well served with traditional pubs such as the Lamplighter and there are lively bars on the waterfront. But the most stylish drinking spot is the roof garden at Ormer.

Dining
Jersey isn’t short of great local produce from land and sea. Renowned chef Shaun Rankin runs fine-dining spot Ormer (see above) and Tassili has a Michelin star for its great modern British menu, but for something special on a small budget, try posh fish and chips and take a trip to the Seafish Café located at Liberty Wharf.

Shopping
Wander round St Helier for fashion, crafts and foodie gifts. Pedestrianised King Street and Central Market (a handsome Victorian hall with cast-iron pillars) are the first places you should head.

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