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For a holiday to remember and treasure, treat the family to a well-deserved break on an island close to home. All ages will delight in the beautiful beaches, stunning natural landscapes and extensive array of activities and sights to see. Unwind and indulge in some island experiences.
With minimal travel and no jet-lag a holiday close to home is ideal for families, or indeed anyone for whom time is at a premium, but relaxation is a must. The islands in this brochure are easily accessible by air (except Isle of Wight, Sark & Herm) with flights from up to 25 regional airports. Alternatively, travel by sea to avoid the hassle of busy airports and have the added bonus of taking more luggage. Most ferries have shops, entertainment and restaurants on board, so you can start your holiday feeling relaxed and raring to go.
All the family can stay comfortably with our wide range of accommodation options. Perhaps you'd prefer a large hotel (such as the Merton in Jersey) with entertainment and activities for all ages; a cosy guest house where a friendly welcome and home comforts await you; or selfcatering options which give everyone more space to relax along with the option to eat in, including Les Ormes in Jersey where there's numerous accommodation options and lots to do.
Whatever the weather there's plenty to occupy all ages across all our featured islands, on both land and sea, along with boat trips and tours too. In the Channel Islands, particularly Jersey and Guernsey, there are lots of opportunities to get into and on the water with rib tours, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and coasteering to name but a few. Away from the water options include cycling, tennis, karting, horse riding and golf to name but a few. The Isle of Wight also has an amazing range of activities including cycling, horse riding, sailing, fishing and even searching for dinosaurs! If you're seeking action and thrills there's never a dull moment in the Isles of Scilly either - you can dive, sail, kayak, windsurf, horse ride, explore on mountain bikes to name just a few. From tiny tots to teens, the Isle of Man has different activities to keep everyone amused and includes popular Mooragh Park with its boating lake, crazy golf and playground; the wellmaintained Onchan Pleasure Park and any of the eighteen national glens are perfect for a leisurely walk and picnic.
Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight are home to a variety of attractions including atmospheric castles, historic wartime tunnels, fascinating hands-on museums, heritage railways and wildlife parks. You'll also find entertainment after dark with cinemas, theatres and lots of places to eat and drink. On the smaller islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm and the Isles of Scilly it's the slower pace of life and rich natural heritage which are the main attractions. Enjoy a stroll amidst dazzling wild flowers, discover tranquil green spaces and watch out for the remarkable array of bird life.
For many a perfect holiday will include time relaxing on a beach to enjoy the feel of sand between your toes and sea breeze in your hair. Our featured islands offer a variety of beaches, some with vast expanses of sands just perfect for building sandcastles or playing ball games; some with crystal clear shallow waters ideal for splashing around and others with rolling waves which are great for surfers. You'll also find shells to collect, caves to explore, wildlife to watch and rock pools teeming with all manner of marine life.