The Isle of Wight is the home of beaches, it seems. There are many award winning beaches, some great for surfing, some for fossil hunters and some for swimming. Each beach listed fulfills the Environmental Agency’s Bathing Water Quality Standards.
Compton Bay located between Freshwater Bay and Brook. This beach has plenty of sand, sea and cliffs. There is a refreshment van available in the summer and on the weekends in the winter. Compton Bay is popular with fossil hunters, surfers, windsurfers, and kite surfers.
Cowes and Gurnard Beach have sand and shingle on the beach. Gurnard is a small resort west of Cowes. They are located along the shipping lanes so make a wonderful place to watch ships enter Southampton Water. There is also a sailing club which meets and races at the beach. A level seawall creates a nice path between Cowes and Gurnard and along this walk there are toilet facilities and cafes. In Gurnard there are toilet facilities, a café and the Woodvale Inn. The beach itself should only be used for swimming by strong swimmers. There are strong currents and tides along the beach.
Freshwater Bay has a sand and shingle beach. It is located at the western tip of the Isle. It is located along a bus route plus there is a car park next to the bay. There are also coastal walks, a nature trail, golf course, refreshments and toilets. This is a popular beach for families.
Ryde beach is an all sand beach and the sand reaches far out to sea at low tide, however the tide can come in quickly. There is a level walk between Ryde and Puckpool which leads past cafes, gardens and play areas. Ryde Beach is located north of Ryde’s Town Centre and the beach is accessible by foot, car, public transportation or on the Dotto Train. This is a popular beach with day trippers, holiday makers and residents.
Sandown Beach is a Blue Flag Winner which means that it has been rated as one of the best beaches in the world. This beach is a gently sloping beach which has good toilet facilities, cafes and restaurants nearby. This beach is popular with families and is close to Brown’s Golf Course, White City and play areas.
Seagrove Bay is a gently sloping beach that also has clear water. There is a café and toilets close at hand. The parking for the beach is not very good so it will need to be accessed on foot. This beach has rocks that children would love to explore.
Another beach on the Isle of Wight is Shanklin Beach. This beach is a Blue Flag Winner. This is a prestigious award that states that this is one of the best beaches in the world. This beach is part of Sandown Bay. It has clear water and gently sloping beaches, which makes it great for those that would like to swim. There are many seafront car parks and toilets. Also there are refreshments, a pitch and pull and an amusement arcade close by.
Saint Helens’ Beach has a great café and restaurants near the beach. The beach itself can be approached by car on by foot. Saint Helens’ looks out on the Solent and the shipping lanes and there are rock pools for explorers.
On the west side of the island is a very nice beach called Totland Bay. It is pebbly at the high water mark and has golden sand toward the water. This bay also has a pier, a café, a pub and toilets. This is a destination for many yachts and cruisers. This beach is not usually crowded.
Ventnor Beach is a Blue Flag Winner which means it is one of the best beaches in the world. It is mainly a sandy beach with cafes, restaurants and pubs located there. Ventnor Beach also has a boat dock at one end along with rocks for those who would like to go crabbing.
One mile from Sandown is Yaverland Beach. This beach may be reach by foot or by car. It is a gently sloping beach and has safe swimming. There is a kiosk for refreshments, a toilet facility and a yacht club on the beach. This beach is great for families.
So no matter what your desires are for a beach, the Isle of Wight has a beach for you. Take your time and explore the different ones and see the many different sides of nature in England.