Currency: Jersey Pound
Time Zone: GMT
Tipping: The normal tip for eating is a restaurant is around 10%, however you can leave more if you have experienced exceptional service.
With its well-known mild climate and clean golden beaches, Jersey's residents would have you believe that it's some kind of tropical paradise; and they're not far wrong. At just 11 miles from France, the island's blend of British and French influences give Jersey a bit of a 'home from home' atmosphere, with all the exoticism of having street names written in French.
For an island that is only 45 square miles, there's a lot more to the island than its Jersey Cow and Bergerac cliches. From harbours and marinas to shopping and nightlife, the island's compact size and proximity to the UK make coach holidays to Jersey an ideal relaxing getaway.
Coach holidays to Jersey take the form of either coach and air travel or coach and ferry, both with transfers to the hotel once on the island. Breaks are usually resort-based with free time to spend at leisure, with transfers to and from the harbour included in some tours depending on where you're staying. Attractions well worth a visit are the Jersey War Tunnels, detailing the island's occupation by the Germans during WW2, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park and Jersey Potteries. To get around on your stay, use the island's good network of bus routes or consider cycle hire.
Some breaks also include a whistle-stop tour of the island and incorporate the fellow Channel Island of Guernsey.
As Jersey is not part of the United Kingdom, don't forget that you will need to take a passport with you when travelling to Jersey.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Jersey, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens visiting Jersey will be provided with urgent hospital treatment for free, however this does not include not urgent treatment. If you suffer from a pre-existing medical condition and a deterioration in your health causes you to need urgent treatment this too will be provided. It is advised you always ensure you have the necessary travel insurance when visiting Jersey, make sure the cost of repatriation is covered as this can often be expensive.
Jersey has a relatively low crime rate. Drug abuse can be an issue and there is penalties for supplying or intent to supply Class A drugs, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment or a fine.
There are no immigration restrictions and controls between the UK and Jersey, however it is still advisable to carry your ID with you when travelling. Many airlines will insist upon seeing photographic identification so ensure you carry this with you. Non British Citizens and members of the European Union and European Economic Area must present valid passports at immigration control when arriving in the country, however no visas are required. If you are not a member of the EU or EEA you will need to be issued with a Visa prior to travelling.
Any other nationality looking to visit Jersey must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
To find out more about visiting Jersey, check out the official tourism website at jersey.com
When visiting Jersey there are lots of tourist attractions around the Island which can be explored. Here are a few ideas about what to see on your coach holiday:
Jersey War Tunnels
The Jersey War Tunnels tell the compelling story of Jersey whilst it was under occupation. Left defenceless by the UK, Jersey's residents had to choose between staying with their homes or leaving – both options as uncertain as the other. Those who were left on the Island were left without weapons with which to defend themselves and had to find their own ways to resist before the War finally came to an end.
St Brelade's Bay
Set in a picturesque location, St Brelade's Bay has become one of Jersey's busiest beach resorts. The beach enjoys a full day of sun and is relatively sheltered from the wind meaning it is a sun lover's paradise. There are a number of cafes, bars, restaurants, toilets and shops at various locations along the bay which means you can spend a day relaxing without having to worry.
La Corbiere Lighthouse: One of the most recognisable sights in Jersey, La Corbiere Lighthouselocated on the south west of the Island has become an iconic landmark. Designed by Sir John Coode, this was the first reinforced concrete lighthouse. During German occupation the lighthouse spent many nights in darkness and was only switched back on for good on 19th May 1945.
Mont Orgueil Castle: For 600 years Mont Orgueil Castle has been protecting Jersey from invasions from the French. Set high above the harbour of Gorey below, you can explore the network of staircases and towers in the Castle and even climb to the top of the tower to see great views of Jersey. With no set route or guide you are left to explore the castle alone making it a great attraction for the whole family