Idyllic Jersey floats among the clutch of other Channel Islands and makes its neighbors turn green with envy. Usually the hottest place in the British Isles during the summer and the mildest during the winter months, with beaches recognized as some of the cleanest in Europe, water sports conditions to rival world's most "besieged" destinations, and 15 meter tides that make the coastline a constantly expanding and contracting wonderland, Jersey will fire your adrenaline and get the blood pumping. Don't be fooled by sized. Small enough to really get to know, yet packing an incredible bunch of activities to keep you virtually busy, it's perfect for either a short break or a longer stay.
The good news is that kids in tow are absolutely no problem as the industry here is extremely welcoming to the little ones. Favorable discounts on the majority of services, phenomenal zoological park that will make both your and the youngsters' jaws drop, and 4 seater pedal buggies to hire along the Esplanade in Saint Helier are only some of the conveniences that make for a quality time to be had together.
Nevertheless, Jersey is much more fun outside the capital, where, of course, many fine restaurants offer live music, nightlife stays tuned to the latest trends, and a lovely marina adds to the overall seaside ambiance, but once you try the famous cider in Hamptonne Country Life Museum, spend a leisurely afternoon at St. Brélade's Bay, and peep into the Devil's Hole in St. Mary, you won't feel like coming back to your capital-based hotel (unless there's someone waiting for you with a babysitter). If you still have some time, get into a saddle in one of five riding stables, pedal along flower-flooded lanes and meander through pastoral villages, muse on the rugged cliffs stretching from St Ouen's Bay to St John's parish, and step into the past at La Hougue Bie archaeological site.
Yet a tour around Jersey cannot be deemed complete if you miss Les Ecrehous. A score of rocky protrusions, some of which come and go in tidal cycle, may not be utterly exciting sights, but the tiny, abandoned huts sitting defiantly upon them definitely are.
Quite a lot for a 116 kilometer square island, isn't it?