Cyclists on La Coupee; narrow isthmus that connects Big Sark to Little Sark.

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The Channel Islands

Just off the coast of France, Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney beckon with exquisite coastlines, shaded lanes and old-world charm. Not quite Britain and not quite France, the islands are proudly independent, self-governing British Crown dependencies that straddle the gap between the two. Their citizens owe their allegiance to Her Majesty, but some still speak local dialects that stem from medieval Norman French.


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Spectacular beaches like Portelet on Jersey are one of many reasons to visit the Channel Islands © Doug Pearson / Getty Images


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