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Autumnal Day at Compton Bay

Autumnal Day at Compton Bay

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Isle of Wight Beaches

Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe.

With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island yields a fantastic array of beaches, which were awarded a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in 2014 – more than any other destination in England!

With miles of award winning sand and shingle beaches, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and clear waters, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to the Island.

One of the advantages of being surrounded by water is that wherever you are the beach is never too far away.

As one of the UK’s best known seaside resorts the Isle of Wight effortlessly delivers the traditional beach holiday experience of deck chairs, sandcastles and seafront amusements.

The award-winning beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor all have very popular esplanades with a great selection of cafes, shops and facilities to enhance your “day at the beach”.

Ryde and Appley offer the largest stretch of open sands, perfect for games and activities, with great views back across the Solent to the mainland.

Whilst a beach holiday is often associated with good weather, the Isle of Wight benefits from an all year round appeal.

During the autumn and winter months walks along our rural beaches are especially popular, as they provide some of the best landscapes and views of the Isle of Wight’s heritage coastline areas.

Neighbouring beaches Compton Bay and Brook both offer sandy shores with easy access to the coastal paths, and further round the West Wight coast is the picturesque Colwell Bay.

Please note some of our beaches have restrictions on dogs at certain times of the year - for more info view our dog friendly beaches.

For more Isle of Wight Beaches, check out our list below.

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East Cowes Beach

East Cowes Beach

East Cowes Beach is a quiet shingle and sand beach with fantastic views across West Cowes and its marina, and also out across the Solent. It is good...

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  1. Add Brook Beach to your Itinerary

    Newport

    Brook Beach can be found on the unspoiled south west coast of the Isle of Wight, and is a beach made up of golden sands adjacent to the popular Compton Bay. Brook is a great beach for many activities, from cricket on the beach, to kite and wind-surfing for the more adventurous. Swimming is popular...

  2. Add The Needles Park to your Itinerary

    Alum Bay

    As soon as you think of the Isle of Wight the iconic image of the world famous chairlift taking you to see the needles rocks and coloured sands spring to mind. The Islands most famous landmark attraction has so much more to enjoy than the stunning views it is a destination not to be missed.

    The...

  3. Add Lake Beach to your Itinerary

    Sandown

    Lake Beach is located between the popular resort beaches of Sandown and Shanklin, and shares the same gently sloping golden sands and clear swimming waters. To the rear of Lake Beach (also known as Dunroamin Beach) the cliff rises steeply creating a dramatic looking natural screen and shelter for...

  4. Add Gurnard Beach to your Itinerary

    Cowes

    Gurnard Beach is a quaint traditional, pebble and shingle beach, just a stone's throw south east of the town of Cowes on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight, with great views across the Solent, and some of the best sunsets you are likely to find!

    It is bordered by attractive, municipally...

  5. Add Bembridge Beach to your Itinerary

    Bembridge

    The main beach in Bembridge runs down the coast from the spit at the edge of Bembridge harbour. The beach is comprised of stones, pebbles and shells but has sand below the high water mark and a large sandbank that extends into the Solent at low tide.

    Bembridge beach is ideal for exploring, with...

  6. Add Small Hope Beach to your Itinerary

    Shanklin

    Small Hope Beach sits to the left of the main Shanklin seafront and backs onto a spectacular cliff face. Often overlooked in Isle of Wight beach guides, this sandy beach is part of the “Bay Area” (which runs all the way from Shanklin to Yaverland) and is great very popular with families as it is a...

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    Add Shanklin Seafront to your Itinerary

    Shanklin

    This award winning seaside resort has everything you need for the perfect family day out at the seaside! With golden sandy beaches and a range of attractions and eateries there's endless activities whatever the weather.

    With Three miniature golf courses, Pirates Cove Adventure, The 18 hole...

  8. Add Freshwater Bay to your Itinerary

    Freshwater

    Freshwater Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in West Wight and lies just to the South of the town of Freshwater. The beach is covered in a mixture of grey flint and chalk pebbles that make a unique sound as the waves rise and fall onto the shore. There is sand below the low water mark and...

  9. Add Shanklin Beach to your Itinerary

    Shanklin

    Shanklin Beach is a one of the Isle of Wight’s best known stretches of golden sands, which backs onto a traditional English seafront promenade. The beach is located on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight, with groynes keeping the sand in place and a high sea wall and pavement promenade...

  10. Add Alum Bay Beach to your Itinerary

    Totland Bay


    Alum Bay beach is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque beaches on the Isle of Wight. This mainly shingle beach situated at the most westerly tip of the Island is framed by the iconic chalk stacks  known as The Needles with the world famous coloured sands with 21 different shades creating a...