Top 6 beaches in Isle of Wight You Must Visit – Details and Directions To Isle of Wight Beaches

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It is rare to find as many stunning beaches within such close proximity to each other anywhere else in the world. Isle of Wight beaches are also considered some of the best in Europe. Below are a few beaches that meet the Environmental Agency’s Bathing Water Quality Standards as of September, 2012.

Sandown Beach – Isle of Wight

Sandown beach is regarded as one of the finest beach in Isle of Wight offering miles of indulgent golden sands.

The beach offers enough space for both swimmers and holiday makers lazing around the beach for a fun day out.

There is also the Sandown pleasure pier offering fun activities alongside beach shops, amusement galore and much more in the Sandown promenade.

Parallel to the beachfront, there is the High Street behind the beach front where there are a variety of shops ranging from arts, souvenirs, super market chains, pubs, cafes, and good restaurants.

Water quality – Excellent
Awards – Quality Coast Award, Blue Flat Beach, Marine Conservation Society Recommended
Suitable for – Swimmers, sun bathing, surfing and jet skiing
Carnivals – Carnival and windsurfing competition in August every year

How to get to Sandown Beach Isle of Wight

Poscode for Sandown beach – PO36 8AE
Car park – available, pay and display and allocated space for disabled parking
Address – Sandown, PO36 8AE
Dogs allowed – But dogs are banned from May to September each year
Nearest train station – Sandown (just under 1 mile), Shanklin (2 miles approx.)

Map of Sandown Beach Isle of Wight

Compton Bay beach in Isle of Wight

Compton beach is located in the west of Isle of Wight boasting a two mile expanse of sandy beach.

The beach consists of golden and dark sands, and offers views of white chalk cliffs of Freshwater. The beach is popular amongst surfers for its natural serenity. The beach is also rated Excellent by the Marine Conservation Society for its excellent quality bathing water.

Water quality – Excellent
Awards – Marine Conservation Society Recommended
Suitable for – swimming, surfing and wind surfing.

How to get to Compton Bay beach in Isle of Wight

Address – Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 4HB
Postcode for Compton Bay – PO30 4HB
Car park – pay and display facility available near the beach.
Dogs allowed – But dogs are banned between 1st June and 30th September each year
Nearest train station – Lymington Pier (8 miles), Lymington Town (8 miles)

Map of Compton Bay Beach Isle of Wight

Shanklin Beach Isle of Wight

Shanklin beach is located in the south east coast of Isle of Wigh with Town facilities closeby.

The beach offers a popular destination for water sports of many varieties which is equally entertaining for both participants and watchers alike.

If you fancy some indoor activities, then the large amusement arcade and bowling are a few of the indoor activities in Shanklin that will keep you well occupied. There are also numerous pubs, cafes and hotels and restaurants near Shanklin beach.

Water quality – Acceptable
Awards – Quality Coast Award
Suitable for – Swimming, surfing, sea canoeing, Sailing, Jet Skiing, fishing.

How to get to Shanklin beach Isle of Wight

Postcode for Shanklin beach – PO37 6BW
Car park – pay and display, 312 spaces in total with allocated disabled parking spaces
Address – Shanklin, PO37 6BW
Dogs allowed – but dogs are banned from the beach from May to September.
Nearest railway stations – Shanklin (0.5 mile), Lake (1.5 miles)

Map of Shanklin Beach Isle of Wight

Ventnor Beach

Ventnor beach is located in the southern coast of Isle of Wight and the beach is surrounded by high cliffs with houses rising from cliffs in a fairy tail like setting. The approach to the beach from the cliffs involves a winding road coming all the way down to the beach level through a famous garden with beautiful plants and water fountains.


Although water sports may not be suitable for this beach, due to the concealed rocks and strong tides, the beach offers beautiful views with a viewing post. There are also beach huts, deckchairs and sun loungers which can be hired for the day.

Water quality – Excellent
Awards – Blue Flag award, Marine Conservation Society Recommended, Quality Coast Award
Suitable for – Swimming, boating and fishing

How to get to Ventnor Beach in Isle of Wight

Postcode for Ventnor Beach – PO38 1JP
Car park – parking available in Botanical Gardens or private car park above the cove in the main roa
Nearest railway station – Shanklin (3 miles), Sandown (5 miles)

Map of Ventnor Beach Isle of Wight

Ryde Beach

Ryde Beach is located on the North East coast of Isle of Wigh to the north of Ryde Town Centre and can easily be accessed by foot, private car or public transport. 

Ryde Beach which boasts miles of sandy shorelines is a popular destination for holiday makers and local residents alike. The beach is particularly appealing because of its exceptionally wide sand banks that reach almost as far as the end of the 681m long Ryde pier at low tides.

If you are fascinated by hovercrafts, then Ryde hovercraft terminal can also be seen from the beach. Numerous water sports are also available at the eastern end of the beach including Kitesurfing.

The Ryde beach also offer fantastic views across the Solent (straight that separates the island from the mainland) to Portsmouth from the Isle of Wight. Horse Sand Fort and Spitbank Fort, two of the 19th Century Solent defence fortresses can also be seen from Ryde across the water.

Water quality – Acceptable
Awards – Quality Coast Awards
Suitable for – Sun bathing, Swimming, Windsurfing, Jet skiing
Safety tips – Take extra care for children when the tide is on the turn as there are risks of becoming trapped on sandbanks. There are lifeguards available with safety boat patrolling the sea.

How to get to Ryde Beach in Isle of Wight

Postcode for Ryde beach – PO33 1JJ
Car park – available, pay and display.
Nearest train stations – Ryde Explanade (less than a mile), Ryde Pier (1 mile approx.)

Map of Ryde Beach Isle of Wight

East Cowes Beach

The quieter of the beaches, East Cowes beach is located on the north coast of Isle of Wight, easily accessible and offers traditional facilities with promenade, woodland walks and children’s play area. The beach also offers a great view of the yachting activities and diverse range of vessels that move through the Solent.

Please note that East Cowes beach does disappear completely when the tides are in. So please plan your visit wisely and time it with tides.

Awards – Quality Coast Award, Seaside Award
Suitable for – Swimming, Sailing, Cowes Week (last week of July each year)
Safety advice – Due to tides, the beach often disappears so it is advisable to watch out for the tides.

How to get to East Cowes Beach Isle of Wight

Post code for East Cowes Beach – PO32 6AE
Car park – mostly free along the Esplanade with some restrictions nearer to the town, there is also a larger car park
Nearest train stations – Ryde Pier Head (6 miles approx.), Ryde Pier Esplanade (6 miles approx.)
Fareham (7 miles approx.)

Map of East Cowes Beach Isle of Wight

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