Whether you’re in search of sandcastles, sunbathing, paddling, surfing or walking along a sandy stretch, the Isle of Wight has beaches galore for all of this and more. We’ve showcased a selection of our favourite beaches and bays:-
Sandown Beach: One of the Isle of Wight’s finest and most recognised beaches, Sandown has miles of soft golden sands crowned by a pleasure pier. Popular with tourists and surfers, this is a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ holiday beach with lots of facilities and eateries.
Shanklin Beach: One of the Isle of Wight’s best-known stretches of golden sands, Shanklin backs onto a traditional English seafront promenade with lots of attractions, amusements and seaside cafes.
Ventnor Beach: The southernmost holiday beach on the island, Ventnor is well-loved by visitors and locals alike. Nestled in the bay beneath the tumbling tiers of the Victorian town, Ventnor’s red shingle and golden sand beach has vintage beach huts that once had wheels to transport the gentry to the sea.
Steephill Cove: Tucked away at the foot of the Ventnor Undercliff area, and only accessible by foot, this is one of the island’s true hidden gems. A great place to relax and escape from the world with a mixture of beautiful scenery, clear swimming waters and rock pools to explore.
Totland Bay: This picturesque sandy beach is ideal for swimming with clear turquoise waters and far-reaching views to the mainland.
Bembridge Beach: A popular option for watersports and dinghy sailing, Bembridge is comprised of stones, pebbles and shells with sand below the high water mark and a large sandbank that extends into the Solent at low tide.
Nearest hotels – The Spinnaker
Alum Bay Beach: This mainly shingle beach is very picturesque and situated at the most westerly tip of the island. Framed by the iconic Needles with the world-famous coloured sands of 21 different shades creating a dramatic and natural shelter for the beach. The crystal clear waters are a favourite with local swimmers and perfect for paddling too.
Compton Bay: One of the Isle of Wight’s best kept secrets, Compton Bay offers a two mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas, tumbling multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs at Freshwater in the distance. Popular with surfers, this is also a great place to pick up fossils, including those of dinosaurs!
Ryde’s Beaches: The miles of beaches at this welcoming seaside town have soft sand and plenty of space, particularly at low tide, although even in the height of summer there’s ample room for all the family. There’s lots of facilities, amusements, beach shops and cafes on offer.
Nearest hotels – Dorset House
Colwell Bay: Offering spectacular views back across the Solent to mainland English, this small, easily accessible beach on the north west coast has clear calm waters and gently sloping sand and shingle, making it an ideal beach for swimming. It’s also popular with families with a traditional seaside café and beach hut shops on each side of the slipway selling essentials.