Isle of Wight Beaches
The Isle of Wight has a great choice of beaches, from long stretches of sand, to small less well-known coves. The Isle of Wight currently has several award winning beaches, including three blue flag winners.
Ryde offers beautiful long sandy beaches with views looking over the Solent, including views of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, and the Napoleonic forts in the Solent. There's a huge expanse of sand for enjoying beach games, walking the dog or simply relaxing in the sun. And there's plenty of choice of traditional seaside attractions with a funfair, boating lake and crazy golf.
The Sandown Bay area (Sandown and Shanklin) offer long sandy beaches with all the facilities you'd expect from a traditional British seaside resort. Cafes, deck chairs, crazy golf, amusement arcades, a pier, beach huts and long easy walks along the esplanade are all on offer.
Ventnor's sand and shingle beach is set in a small bay overlooked by the town which is set on a number of different levels. The beach is south facing, and provides a perfect location for sitting in the sun watching the surfers who can frequently be found in the bay.
As you head west from Ventnor, along the south coast of the Isle of Wight, the beaches become less accessible and more unspoilt.
The rugged scenery of the south coast of the Isle of Wight provides ample opportunities for discovering unspoilt beaches.
Compton Bay on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, has a long sandy stretch of beach, which is much loved by water sports enthusiasts including surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers. There's a National Trust car park and easy access to the beach.