Were are the channel islands?Asked by: Dr. Arvilla Runte MD
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The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel off the Normandy coast of France. They are divided into two British Crown Dependencies, the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. The former also includes the islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm, and smaller islands are divided between the two bailiwicks.
Does anyone live on Channel Islands?
The native populations of the Channel Islands were primarily Chumash. ... Traditionally the Chumash people lived in an area extending from San Luis Obispo to Malibu, including the four Northern Channel Islands. Today, with the exception of the Islands, Chumash people live in these territories and areas far beyond.
Are the Channel Islands part of Great Britain?
Situated 10 to 30 miles off the north-west coast of France, the Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom. They are dependent territories of the British Crown, as successor to the Dukes of Normandy.
Which Channel Island is the best to visit?
The best Channel Island to visit depends on how long you have & what you want to do/see. If you only have 1 day available then I'd recommend visiting Santa Cruz Island or Anacapa Island.
What makes Channel Islands unique?
The Channel Islands were created by tectonic forces, which caused them to rise up out of the ocean five million years ago. They have always been islands separate from the mainland, and thus have unique plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.
What language is spoken in the Channel Islands?
The official languages are French and English, but English is gradually supplanting French. The language commonly used is English, but in the county districts of Jersey and Guernsey and throughout Sark some people also speak a Norman-French dialect.
What nationality are the Channel Islands?
Islanders are full British citizens, but were not classed as European citizens unless by descent from a UK national. Any British citizen who applies for a passport in Jersey or Guernsey receives a passport bearing the words "British Islands, Bailiwick of Jersey" or "British Islands, Bailiwick of Guernsey".
What currency is used in the Channel Islands?
Currency and Money
The Channel Islands have their own notes – the Guernsey pound and the Jersey pound, both of which are at par with the UK pound. Pound Sterling (JEP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5.
What is Channel Islands famous for?
Fine scenery, flowering vegetation, and a mild maritime climate have made the Channel Islands popular resort areas. The islands are famous for their breeds of cattle and for the export of fruit, flowers, tomatoes, and early potatoes.
How much does it cost to go to the Channel Islands?
Guidelines and Entrance Information:
The park is open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee. To visit one of the five islands, you'll have to take a boat or plane. There are no services on the islands.
Can you swim in Channel Islands?
The kelp forests at Santa Cruz are absolutely breathtaking for the adventurous swimmer and snorkeler to explore. Given the isolation of the Channel Islands (20+ miles off the coast of California), we encourage all snorkelers to have prior snorkeling experience and be comfortable swimming in the ocean.
How long is the boat ride to Channel Islands?
Travel Time from Ventura Harbor: Boat trips are 3 hours. Landing Conditions: Boat visitors must climb from the boat up a steel-rung ladder to a pier at Bechers Bay. When the pier is closed, landings are via skiff onto the beach.
Are the Channel Islands worth visiting?
The Channel Islands are relaxing, beautiful and almost Caribbean if you get the right weather. It's not just about Jersey and Guernsey either – the lesser-known, smaller islands are also worth your time.
Can I visit Channel Islands?
If you are arriving into the Channel Islands direct from the UK or Republic of Ireland, you do not need a passport but all visitors do require some form of photographic identification.
Are the Channel Islands tax free?
There are no capital taxes such as inheritance tax or capital gains tax. While neither Jersey nor Guernsey has UK VAT, Jersey currently applies a Goods and Services Tax of 5% on almost everything, including food. Emergency treatment only is free in the Channel Islands.
Do you need a passport to go to Jersey Channel Islands?
Passport Requirements for Jersey and Guernsey
Guernsey and Jersey are part of the CTA or Common Travel Area, which is included in the UK. In both destinations there is no requirement to carry a passport as there are no immigration controls in place, however a form of photographic identification is required.
Can you stay on Channel Islands CA?
There are NO services or lodging on the islands. Visitors must bring all their own food and water (potable water is available in the Scorpion Canyon campground on Santa Cruz Island and the Water Canyon campground on Santa Rosa Island).
Are people in Jersey French?
Jersey Legal French is the official variety of French used in administration. ... Due to proximity, there has been a French-speaking community in Jersey for centuries, though now it has shrunk considerably, although the language is still official. The national anthem, "Ma Normandie", is in the French language.
Which Channel Island is biggest?
Jersey - The Biggest Channel Island and Little Bit of British France. Jersey, the biggest Channel Island at about 47 square miles, is 87 miles south of the UK and is considered the southernmost of the British Islands (the official designation - the "British Isles" being a literary and informal title).
How many Channel Islands are there?
This lush archipelago is made up of eight permanently inhabited islands – the largest is Jersey, followed by Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Brecqhou (Brechou), Herm and Jethou (population three) – as well as uninhabited islets, and these gems look especially fairytale-like from the air, surrounded by aquamarine water.
What animals are in Channel Islands?
The Channel Islands and the waters surrounding hold many endemic species and subspecies of animals, including fauna such as the Channel Islands deer mouse, the Channel Islands spotted skunk, island scrub jay, San Clemente loggerhead shrike, and San Clemente Bell's sparrow.