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Sun, sea, sand….and social distance!

As the heatwave hits, staycation seekers in Jersey show British beach goers how it’s done

With nearly 12 square miles of outstanding sandy beaches, smart staycation seekers are enjoying the heat without compromising on personal space, unlike most mainland coastal holiday destinations this summer, which have seen tens of thousands of people crowding the sand.

Jersey boasts enough beach space to enjoy a socially distanced sunbathe, even at peak times.

  • Based on the current number of weekly arrivals, even if every visitor to Jersey went to a beach this weekend, each person could still enjoy 7.7 square metres of sand entirely to themselves
  • Jersey has experienced a surge in interest post-lockdown, as Brits look for staycation alternatives, with the Visit Jersey website seeing a 40% month-on-month increase in traffic and enquiries
  • Web visits to Condorferries.com, the island’s ferry service provider, has seen a 52% increase in new people exploring travel by ferry to Jersey this summer
  • Proximity to UK, spacious beaches and an innovative, comprehensive border testing system have made Jersey a top choice staycation destination this summer
  • Since the re-opening of borders on Thursday 3rd July, over 21,000 inbound travellers have been tested, with seven active cases in Jersey from inbound travel

Saint Helier, Jersey, Friday 7 August 2020: As the UK experiences it’s hottest weekend of the year so far, local islanders and holiday-makers on the UK’s biggest channel island, Jersey, have shown the rest of the UK how relaxing, socially-distanced beach visits are done.

As campsites and beaches along the coastland of mainland UK pack out, Jersey is yet to reach full- capacity, leaving locals and visitors alike enjoying the glory of Jersey’s secluded, spacious beaches, open roads and fresh air.

In Jersey, you’re never more than 10 minutes away from the water’s edge. With nearly 12 square miles of sandy beaches, visitors will be able to take advantage of ample beach space with no concerns around social distancing, or the need to reserve a sunbed.

Based on the number of weekly arrivals since the border re-opened, even if every visitor went to a Jersey beach this weekend, they could still enjoy 7.7 square metres of sand entirely to themselves, hitting the personal space jackpot!

Shots taken today show sun-worshippers enjoying the sandy bays and sunshine on the beautiful St Brelade’s Bay (rated as one of the best beaches in the UK for the last two years in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards), St. Ouen’s Bay and Greve de Lecq. To find out more about the vast array of beaches that Jersey has to offer, visit the following link for more information.

Jersey has quickly become a sought-after staycation option, with flights from a number of UK departure points as well as ferries from Poole and Portsmouth each week. The island has seen a surge in demand – the Visit Jersey website has seen a 40% month-on-month increase in traffic and enquiries.

Louise Ashworth, Head of Marketing of Visit Jersey comments: “Regular visitors to the island have always valued our spectacular coastline and pristine beaches, along with our unique hospitality and big spirit, but it’s fantastic that Jersey is seeing so many new holiday makers seeking the best British staycation experience. The island has worked tirelessly to re-open its borders, in a way that is both safe for everyone while also optimising the traveller experience. We are delighted to be welcoming people back to our island.”

A surge in British holiday-seekers getting to the island by sea instead of air has also been predicted. Web visits to Condorferries.com, the island’s ferry service provider, has seen a 52% increase in new people exploring travel by ferry to Jersey this summer. The business also saw an increase in the number of inquiries from younger demographics under 34. 

Another reason Jersey is seeing a surge in demand is the island’s unique fast-track border testing system, ensuring holiday-makers can enjoy their time away in the largest of the British Channel Islands with peace of mind.  

As part of a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, all arriving visitors are required to complete a pre-departure registration form and are tested on arrival. So far, Jersey has tested over 21,000 inbound travellers (up to Thursday 6 August) – an average of 617 test daily – with seven active cases in Jersey from inbound travel.

To see why Jersey is such a special place, only a short flight or ferry away view the video click this link. For those looking to sample the delights of Jersey, below are top experiences for a Jersey staycation. To find more information or to visit one of these sites, head to jersey.com.

To find out more about the vast array of beaches on jersey, visit the following link for more information.