If you’re thinking of taking a ‘staycation’ this year but still want something with all the benefits of a great beach holiday, then the Isle of Wight could be the perfect place for you. As well as being just a lovely place in general with loads of iconic attractions and fun things to do, you may be surprised to hear that the Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe.
Therefore we thought we’d put a bit of a guide together to show you some of the beaches on the island and basically, to show you how lovely they are! There are some great deals at the moment online for holidays to the Isle of Wight – check out sites like this.
The Needles Park – Alum Bay
Alum Bay is well known for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and the area is also renowned for its stunning views across the Solent. Many homes around the world have a glass object filled with sand as a memento of a visit to Alum Bay and Needles Park, as there is even a shop where you can fill them yourself! Above the mainly shingled beach stands The Needles Park where you will find a range of attractions, catering facilities, a fully licensed tea room and retail shops.
Shanklin Beach – Shanklin
Shanklin Beach is one of the Isle of Wight’s best known stretches of golden sands, which backs onto a traditional English seafront promenade. It’s also won numerous awards for its levels of cleanliness and safety. This is one of those beaches that are a favourite for all the family as it has all the regulars your little ones love to see, such as ice cream huts, crazy golf and amusement arcades.
Sandown Beach – Sandown
Sandown is a must for those who love a beach with beautiful golden sand rather than shingles or pebbles, as this one is truly idyllic. Sandown Beach currently holds a Blue Flag award. Running parallel behind the beachfront is the high street that has a selection of arty and tourist style shops along with major supermarket chains, banks, pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Ventnor Beach – Ventnor
Ventnor beach is the southernmost holiday beach on the Isle of Wight. The red shingles and golden sands of this beach houses vintage beach huts that you can hire on a daily basis, along with the rest of your typical beach accessories, like deckchairs and umbrellas. The Cascade road winds its way around a rocky waterfall to arrive on the seafront where a bandstand-like structure stands with 360 degree views from its lofty viewing platform.
Ryde Beach – Ryde
The beaches at Ryde lie on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores. A promenade stretches from the hovercraft terminal, next to Ryde railway station at the foot of the pier, eastwards passing the harbour. Then the pleasure beaches begin, stretching down to Appley past the impressive Gothic structure of Appley Tower, and then on to Puckpool.