Perhaps you have escaped to Jersey, Channel Islands for the weekend and you want to know what to do in that short amount of time. Despite Jersey being a small island 24 hours is not enough to see and do everything. However, this guide will help you make the most of those 24 hours.
What to do if you have 24 hours in Jersey
The early bird catches the worm and the early riser catches a hearty breakfast at El Tico. Head down to this modern and funky restaurant and choose breakfast from its extensive menu. There is something for everyone from healthy breakfasts, waffles, breakfasts with a Mexican twist to your full English. The laid back vibe and the friendly servers will help ease you into island life. The restaurant offers one of the best views of Jersey. Situated on the beach at St Ouens you are in the perfect place to watch the surfers catching some waves.
Go for a brisk walk along the beach at St Ouens. A sweeping beach that is about 5 miles long. You can also see the planes coming into land at the airport which is just behind St Ouens. At one end you can see the lighthouse. The lighthouse is the perfect romantic spot to watch the sun setting.
Get in your car and drive up the coastal road towards Beauport Bay. Here you will find a quiet cove that could be straight out of the pages of an Enid Blyton book. It has a lot of steps down to the beach but you will be rewarded with golden sand and clear, blue sea. The perfect beach for some relaxing and swimming as it is sheltered and the water is shallow.
Next stop St Brelade’s Bay. This is a favourite with visitors and islanders alike. A busy little beach that has a lovely vibe and is dotted with restaurants and cafes. You can hire beach seats, buy buckets and spades and there is also sport activities taking place. If you fancy getting away from the crowds then it is worth walking up to the church at the end of the beach and the beautiful Fisherman’s Chapel. Built in the 11-12th Century it is still well preserved today. The perfect place for some tranquil reflection.
Time to head back into St Helier. Hire a fun bike and cycle down the front towards St Aubin’s Bay. Here you will see Elizabeth Castle. You will pass lots of cafes dotted along the cycle path. All are brilliant. It is worth saving yourself for the Gunsite Cafe. This cafe is set in a stunning location and in a WWII bunker. Grab a cake and a coffee and watch the volleyballers on the beach at the front.
Go for a walk round the marina on the front. Admire the boats moored up outside. Perhaps pop into the Maritime Museum. An interactive museum perfect for those who have children but still interesting for adults too, just across the road is The Jersey Museum and Art Gallery. You could also catch the amphibious Castle Ferry to Elizabeth Castle. That would keep you busy for the whole afternoon.
Head to Tiffins on the marina and sample their delicious afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly. Sit outside on their terrace and watch the world go by.
Walk to the nearby shops and enjoy some tax free shopping. Jersey has a great range of independent shops and department stores. There are also some lovely jewellery shops where you can purchase some genuine Jersey pearls.
Make sure you check out Jersey Central Market and Beresford (fish) Market across the road. Lots of stalls selling local produce. A lively place to visit where, if you are lucky, you will be able to sample some of the local delicacies.
Walk through town to Havres des Pas. Jersey’s historic beachfront promenade. Events are often held here. There is also a lido and a pool kiosk that is open from May onwards.
If you are sans children then head back into St Helier and down towards the Royal Yacht. A popular hang-out in the summer, this bar is always busy and has a great vibe. Grab a glass of wine and soak up the rays outside.
Just time for a quick pre-dinner cocktail. Head to the Blind Pig that is just around the corner. A secret cocktail bar based on the prohibition era, it serves some of the best cocktails on the island. Be careful though, those cocktails are strong!
When in Jersey you have to sample one of the local Michelin Starred restaurants. Head to Bohemia and try one of their taster menus. This is a dinner to be relished and one not to be rushed. You can read our review of the Bohemia restaurant here.
You will be exhausted from all of your sea air so probably looking for your bed. If not then enjoy cocktails (perhaps a coffee martini is now needed?) in the Club Hotel or head to one of the late night bars and clubs in town.
24 hours in Jersey really isn’t enough though. We haven’t even scratched the surface here. For a small island there is so much to do.