Located between France and England, the Channel Islands are a popular destination for families. The largest of these is Jersey which boasts many attractions, including the beach. The tide goes out very far in this part of the world so swimming in the sea may involve quite a walk. Visitors also enjoy the restaurants and bars at St Helier, the capital of Jersey.
In addition, you will find that St Helier has many shops, galleries, museums, cinemas, theatres, gardens and markets. The ferry terminal is just a short walk away from the main city centre. The duration of ferry crossings can sometimes be affected by the long tides.
Condor Ferries is the main supplier of Ferries to and from the Channel Islands. They run crossings between Jersey and three UK ports: Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth. All year round you can catch a ferry from Portsmouth and it will take about four hours to complete the crossing. The Weymouth service takes three hours, 30 minutes and also runs throughout the year while the Poole service only operates during the summer when traffic to Jersey is at its height. This particular journey will take three hours.
If you wish to sail from France to Jersey you may use the Emeraude Lines from St Malo to St. Helier. This very frequent serves sees up to seven departures per day and will take you across in roughly 90 minutes.
The Channel Islands are a part of the United Kingdom and as such, European Union citizens will not require passports to visit the Islands. Non EU citizens will not have to show their passports when arriving at the islands if they are travelling from England although it is advisable to have your passport with you at all times, when in a foreign country. The currency used on the islands is pound sterling all though Jersey does have its own currency which is rarely used.