Look on a map and you might struggle to find Jersey, you would almost definitely need a magnifying glass to find its tiny pinprick mark just off the coast of France. I wrote a blog post the other week in which I explained how I often feel like an outsider on Jersey. However, I feel that I have been a little unfair towards my adopted home. Yes, living somewhere so small, 9 by 5 miles to be precise, can be hard but there is much to love about Jersey too. I am here to remind myself, and hopefully convince some of you that there are lots of lovely things about living in Jersey.
10 Things I Love About Living In Jersey
- The food. This island has a plethora of amazing restaurants and cafes. From your Michelin starred restaurants to your beach side shacks, the thing that links them is that the food will taste delicious. There is something for everyone.
- The beaches. So many beautiful beaches. We really are spoilt for choice here. You have your rugged coves to the north of the island to the sweeping beaches in the west. Every beach is stunningly beautiful, the sea crystal clear and the beaches are never over-crowded.
- Healthy lifestyle. There is something about living in Jersey that makes you want to get fit and eat healthy. Since moving to the island healthy food restaurants and juice bars have become more popular. In St Helier you can find Barranes, Moo, Nude Food and RFresh. You also have no excuse not to exercise with yoga classes on the beach, boot camps taking place in the park, paddle boarding on the sea and running clubs happening around the island.
- Independent shops. Jersey has a range of independent shops from your bigger department stores through to your boutique clothes shops. For a small island we have a great range of shops and it is tax free! Winning!
- Family friendly. This island is a great place to bring up young children. Your summers are filled with bodyboarding, rock pooling and BBQs on the beach. Restaurants are also very family friendly. The island is still relatively safe with people leaving their car doors and front doors unlocked.
- Close to France. We are only a short hop away from France. A half-hour on the ferry and we can be in St Malo. Being able to take a day trip to another country where we can sample the fine cheese and wine is a big plus.
- Jersey Wonder. A yummy sweet treat that is like a doughnut, although they are not coated in sugar or filled with jam. Traditionally the Jersey housewives would cook the Jersey wonders on the beach as the tide went out.
- History. Jersey is very proud of its heritage and history. During the Second World War Jersey was occupied. The island is still dotted with fortifications left over from the Second World War. Jersey also has its own language Jerriais. Finally, a “true” Jersey is known as a bean. Jersey beans are very proud of their island.
- Coffee shops. Jersey has its own coffee company – Cooper Coffee & Co that roasts its own coffee beans in St Helier. You can sample these in one of their cafes or buy some coffee beans to enjoy at home. Bean Around The World and Cafe Jac are also fantastic, independent coffee shops.
- Jersey Royals. You will not taste a nicer potato. Perfect drizzled in butter with the teeniest bit of sea salt. Yum. In Jersey there are many little potato stalls on the side of the road where you can stop to buy your Jersey Royals and leave your money in an honesty jar.
Living on Jersey might be hard at times but there is also a lot to love about it! Can you think of anything to add to my list? Bergerac! Should I add Bergerac, the Triumph loving detective? During the 80s it could be argued that Bergerac did wonders for Jersey’s tourism. Rumour has it that John Nettles fell in love with the island and that he wanted to buy a house here, apparently he was refused. I don’t know if that’s true but I would love to know!