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Deckchairs on Small Hope Beach

Deckchairs on Small Hope Beach

Shanklin

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 East Cowes Beach to your Itinerary

    East Cowes

    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 for family swimming and as it is tucked away behind the town it a great beach to visit if you are looking for somewhere a bit quieter during your...

  3. 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...

  4. Add Ryde Beach to your Itinerary

    Ryde

    The beaches at Ryde lie on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores. The sand reaches out so far that Ryde pier had to be built to enable boats to dock and load/disembark passengers. At low tide the sand banks reach almost to the end of the 681m long pier...

  5. 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...

  6. Add Ventnor Beach to your Itinerary

    Ventnor

    Ventnor beach is the southernmost holiday beach on the Isle of Wight and is well-loved by locals and visitors 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 and transported the...

  7. 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...

  8. Add Steephill Cove to your Itinerary

    Ventnor

    Tucked away at the foot of the Ventnor Undercliff area, and only accessible by foot is one of the Isle of Wight’s true hidden gems; Steephill Cove. A great place to relax and escape from the world, Steephill Cove offers a great mixture of beautiful scenery, clear swimming waters and rock pools to...

  9. Add Springvale Beach to your Itinerary

    Seaview

    Springvale Beach stretches from Puckpool to Seaview on the north coast of the Isle of Wight and is made up of a mixture of shingle and sand. The beach has great views across the Solent to Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower making it the ideal location to watch the boats sailing by. The sea here is...

  10. Add Bembridge Lane End Beach to your Itinerary

    Bembridge

    Bembridge Lane End beach is a pebble and stone beach toward the sea wall, but is also sandy underfoot making it good for paddling or bathing. The Lane End beach is probably best known for being the site of the striking new Bembridge Lifeboat station, which runs from a long pier. A new Lifeboat shop...