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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.

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 Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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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Shanklin Beach

Shanklin Beach

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...

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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 Yaverland Beach to your Itinerary

    Sandown

    Yaverland Beach is one of the Isle of Wight’s best beaches, providing a long stretch of sand and great swimming waters for children and families. Yaverland has a few smallish rocks dotted here and there and when the tide is out the sandy beach expands across acres. The beach stretches north east...

  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 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...

  5. Add Cowes Beach to your Itinerary

    Cowes

    Cowes Beach is a short pebble and shell covered beach to the west of the town front or Parade. It makes the perfect vantage point for the many sailing events that take place in the historic yachting town of Cowes throughout the year, including the world’s largest sailing regatta “Cowes Week”....

  6. Add Sandown Beach to your Itinerary

    Sandown

    Sandown Beach is one of the Isle of Wight's finest and most recognised beaches, with miles of soft golden sands crowned by Sandown’s pleasure pier. Popular with tourists and surfers, Sandown is a traditional 'bucket and spade' holiday beach with all that you expect from an English family beach...

  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 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...

  9. Add Totland Bay to your Itinerary

    Totland Bay

    Totland Bay is a picturesque sandy beach, ideal for swimming, with clear turquoise waters and far reaching views to the mainland. The Bay is located on the West of the Isle of Wight, close to the village of Totland. The beach has a number of groynes along its sandy shores, backing onto a seawall...

  10. 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...