Beaches, beaches everywhere...  Whether your passion is to swim, windsurf, kitesurf, build sandcastles, scramble over sand dunes with your dog or simply soak up the sun, the Island has a beach just for you.

Family fun…

Sandown beach

For a traditional family beach holiday, look no further than Sandown or Shanklin. Both are on the south east side of the Island and offer long stretches of soft golden sand – perfect for sandcastles. There are amusements, souvenir shops, ice-creams and plenty of places to buy that forgotten bucket and spade. 

Golden sands…

Children playing on Appley beach

The famous pier in Ryde divides the town’s immense beach into two – West Sands and the much larger, East Sands. At low tide you’ve almost half a mile of sandy playground as well as plenty of nearby eateries, shops and amusements plus a boating lake. The Coastal Path runs the length of the beach and a gentle 25 minute walk will lead you to the pretty and unspoiled Appley Beach. Warm, gentle water, shady trees and a 150 year old fairy castle makes this beach rather special.

Water adventures…

Lady bathing in a cave at Freshwater Bay

Grab a wetsuit and take a trip to picturesque Freshwater Bay in the west. Mostly shingle, it’s where kayakers go at low tide to explore the smugglers’ caves. There’re rockpools waiting to be splashed in and a little further west, almost under the Needles, Scratchells Bay is another great place for some thrilling board moments!

Surfers…

Compton beach

Two miles of glorious beach, Compton is a surfers’ paradise as well as a kids’ sandcastle construction site and a fossil hunters’ heaven! Steps lead down from the National Trust car park where you’ll find loos and hopefully, an ice-cream van. Paragliders launch themselves from the high sandstone cliffs while kite surfers skim the waves at impressive speed. 

Clear Waters…

Aerial view of Colwell beach

The sand and pebble beaches at Colwell and Totland Bay on the west coast are prized for their crystal clear water and perfect for a dip. Both beaches have a sea front restaurant providing picturesque and far-reaching views whilst enjoying a mouth-watering meal. 

Great swimming…

Seagrove Bay

The gently sloping, golden sands beach leading to clear water at Seagrove Bay, east of the Island, is perfect for a swim. It’s one of those places reminiscent of happy holidays from days gone by with views of small boats launching from the slipway that runs down into the sea.

Dog friendly…

Yaverland beach

Yaverland Beach is surely the perfect place for your four-legged friend. Car parking, toilets and a shop overlook this large expanse of sand and shingle with safe bathing and lots of water-sports. Dogs are welcome all year round to the left of the car park, so watch out for shaking wet canines emerging from the waves. This is a beautiful beach where you can hang out with friends or walk for a few hundred metres to find your own space and total tranquillity. 

Iconic…

Alum Bay

Alum Bay is a small, mostly shingle beach that sits just under the Needles at the Island’s most westerly tip and is where you’ll find an amazing array of different coloured sands. There is no vehicle access but if you’re feeling energetic, negotiate the steps or take the iconic chairlift from the Needles Landmark Attraction.

Sunset heaven…

Sunset at Gurnard beach

Just west of Cowes is Gurnard’s quaint, pebble and shingle beach offering perfect views across the Solent to watch yachts sail past and the most spectacular sunsets you are likely to find! 

Hidden gem…

Steephill Cove beach

Only accessible by foot, Steephill Cove is a hidden gem with clear swimming waters and rock pools to explore. This gorgeous little cove is made up of brightly coloured beach huts, fishermen’s cottages and a beach café serving locally caught seafood – what more could you want?

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