Here's our brief guide to the Island's differing coastline and the award winning beaches that draw visitors year after year...
A sand & shingle beach with seafront facilities and promenade.
A fabulous 6 mile sandy beach with quiet bays. Popular for watersports. Close to cafes & shops.
Beach full of rock pools, great for paddling, crabbing & shrimping. Village amenities nearby.
Secluded beach with sand dunes behind. Good for swimming. Beach cafe/bistro open breakfast till late.
A collection of several beaches, a mixture of pebble, rock & sand. Best at low tide. Various cafes.
Sandown & Yaverland
Long stretch of sandy beach with clean waters. Broad promenades, amusement arcades & cafes.
Wonderful sandy beach accessed by fairly steep steps or cliff lift. Safe swimming with calm waters.
A shingle & sand beach dotted with rock pools. Pretty cafes behind the beach.
Crescent shaped sandy beach at low tide. Beware of strong tides. Plenty of cafes, pubs & shops.
Accessible by foot, this pretty sandy cove is secluded with great views. Lovely crab cafe.
2 mile stretch of red sand backed by cliffs. Popular for beach walks, surfing and kite surfing.
Small bay with pebble beach. Good for swimming although beach shelves steeply.
Quiet sand & shingle beach, great for sunsets. Pretty seafront promenade that links to Colwell Bay.
Unspoilt resort with waterfront cafes and watersports. Shingle & sand beach, calm waters for swimming.
Shingle & sand beach for watching wildlife & yachts. Strong currents - not recommended for swimming.
Gurnard & Cowes
Both have sand and shingle beaches with plenty of cafes. Great for watching life on the water!
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