Towns on the Isle of Wight
Shanklin for sandy beach and characterful Old Village
Ventnor for its picturesque setting on many different levels
Cowes for lively pubs and restaurants
Yarmouth for a quieter feel, and pretty harbour
From seaside towns to unspoilt scenery
For a small island, the Isle of Wight offers a great variety of towns and villages to visit. The east side of the Isle of Wight has the traditional seaside towns, with plenty of places to stay, restaurants, bars and entertainments. The west side of the IOW is more unspoilt with rugged scenery, and is ideal for those looking for a more peaceful holiday.
The main tourist towns are on the east side of the Isle of Wight, stretching from Ryde in the north to Ventnor in the south. In between are Shanklin and Sandown which are perfect for the traditional British seaside holiday, and have plenty of places offering food, drink and entertainment. For those in search of something more peaceful, Seaview and Bembridge offer more of a village character and a quieter ambience.
On the west side of the Island are the towns of Yarmouth and Freshwater, which are much quieter, but offer easy access to the rugged scenery of West Wight, and also the Needles. In the centre of the Isle of Wight is the capital, Newport, which has shops, nightlife and entertainment you'd find in any medium-sized town. To the north is the sailing town of Cowes which looks out over the Solent and is quiet during the day and livelier in the evenings.