Beaches

Best place for an Island Sundowner

Wight Locations, Colwell Bay Sunset

At the end of a long day of exploring the Island, playing on the beach or recovering from a long hike (maybe to the pub), there’s nothing better than enjoying a cold drink on a Summers evening and watching the sun go down over the horizon whilst staring out to Sea.

With over 50 miles of Coastline around the Island, there are numerous places to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ or two and perhaps a bite to eat if the mood takes you.

Compton Bay amongst UK’s top beaches

Wight Locations, Compton Bay, Sandcastle

Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight has recently been listed as one of the best beaches in the UK according to the travel experts at Rough Guides.

The national trust beach is a favourite for surfers, paragliders and families and is also known as a great place for fossil hunting. Compton offers a two-mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas, tumbling multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs at Freshwater in the distance.

Isle of Wight Fossil Hunting

The recent extreme weather that’s hit the Islands coastline hasn’t all been bad news, particularly for Dinosaur Fossil hunters on the Isle of Wight, The ‘official Dinosaur capital of the UK’

Many previously hidden areas known to be rich in fossils have recently been exposed due to shifting sand and shingle along the ‘Jurassic’ south coast of the Island.

Ryde, Gateway to the Isle of Wight

Wight Locations, Ryde Seafront, Ryde

Ryde is the main gateway to the Isle of Wight, at the north east end of our heart shaped Island. So with the combination of incoming visitors, day trippers and locals Ryde is the busiest town on the Island.

Seaview, a traditional sailing village

Wight Locations, Seaview

What's all the fuss about? Why do thousands of holiday makers return to a tiny little sailing village on the north east shore of our little Island generation after generation? Because really, nothing has changed. It's a traditional sailing village that time forgot...

Seaview originally was just a few fishermen’s huts and the Salterns buildings used to house salt pan workers. (A shallow depression in which water accumulates, evaporates and deposits salt). Rope Walk is so called because long sections of rope for sailors rigging were laid out there.

Tackt-Isle Adventures - Dinghy, Kayak & Paddle board Hire on the Isle of Wight

Wight Locations, Tackt-Isle, Bembridge, St Helens

What we've been waiting for...!

Based in St Helens and Bembridge, Tackt-Isle Adventures is a new outdoor activity centre where you can hire everything you’ll need for an hour, a day or a week to enjoy fun activities on the water.

Ben Smith is island born and was a sailing instructor for eight years and then a senior instructor for the last six years.

All the instructors are locals who live for the water and are experienced in a wide range of water sports and activities.

Our Favourite Beach Side Cafes on the Isle of Wight

Wight Locations, Beach Cafe, Totland

In no particular order...!

The Dell Cafe, Puckpool - Eclectic fully licensed beachside café with a cosmopolitan feel.

Accessed either by walking along the seawall between Seaview and Ryde or catching the Dotto Train from Ryde or through Puckpool Park, where ample free parking is available. They serve an extensive breakfast and lunch menu with specialities such as home-made fishcakes, local seafood, fresh filled baguettes, wraps, ciabattas and fresh exotic salads.

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Horse Riding on the Isle of Wight

Wight Locations, Horse Riding, Beaches

With over over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths, around 30 miles of Heritage Coastline and more than half of the Island recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Isle of Wight is a wonderful place to enjoy a spot of horse riding.

Build a sandcastle or take a long walk?

Wight Locations, Sandcastle, Compton Bay

At only 23 by 13 miles the size of the Island means you are never far from a beach here on the Isle of Wight.

We have 14 award winning beaches, all managed to meet the highest of standards and a number which allow dogs at certain times of the year (see Man's Best Friend for pet friendly beaches)

Many of our self catering holiday cottages are either on the beach or close to the water.

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Shanklin

Wight Locations, Shanklin beach, Shanklin

The pretty Victorian seaside village of Shanklin is located on the south eastern corner of the Island and is famed for its good weather and quaint Old Village with its picture postcard thatched cottages. Here you will find unique gifts, unusual items and mementos to remind you of your time on the Island.
The heart of the Old Village also has a bustling nightlife with several pubs regularly showcasing live music at the weekends.