Find the nearest Beaches in Isle of Wight
Planning a trip to the Isle of Wight coast and looking for where the nearest beach is, our beach lists will help you discover the nearest beach to me. Then for each beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach and its facilities.
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Finding the right beach in Isle of Wight is easy – simply explore the beach links below, to find the closest hit the jump to my location compass or use the search bar to plan where your next Isle of Wight beach visit should be.
- Yaverland beach is a wide sandy beach gently shelving suitable for all the family. The beach extends the Sandown beach all the way up to beneath the Culver Cliffs. Very popular for watersports and due to the gently shelving bottom at low tide you have shallow water making it an ideal place for kitesurf and windsurf beginners.
- Bembridge Beach is a shallow banking beach making it perfect for families with small children. The beach is surrounded on three sides by the sea so this makes it an interesting and diverse beach. One side is stoney and has rock pool areas while other parts are sand and suitable for bathing. This beach is also considered good for fishing and many anglers can be spotted along the shoreline. A word of warning about the tide though as it does come in very high leaving very little beach. It is a great beach for coastal walks and shell collecting too! Facilities include hotel car parking, toilets and a cafe that offers cooked food, cakes, ice cream, tea and coffee.
- Seagrove beach is a golden, sandy reminder of how beach holidays used to be. A gently sloping beach and very clear water allows you to safely allow the children to explore. The rocks provide hours of crabbing fun and there’s a cafe if they need a snack or a drink. It is a quiet beach rimmed by exclusive properties and hotels making it quite secluded. An ideal spot for bathing, picnics, exploring and just lazing away a day with the family. Parking facilities at Seagrove are not good and access will have to be from Seaview Village on foot. It lies between Seaview and St Helens and has great views over the Solent.
- The East beach at Cowes is a mixture of sand and shingle backed by a promenade, children’s play area and paddling pool. East Cowes also has a marina and is separated from the main town by the River Medina. The chain ferry floating bridge is the only direct link between East and West Cowes, and saves a drive to Newport. Popular walking area with good views of the sailing in the estuary and behind the beach you have some nice woodland walks. Facilities include parking, toilets, shops, food, marina and promenade.
- Totland Bay Beach is ideal for families who want a sheltered sandy beach where they can relax and enjoy a picnic and a sunbathe and paddle. It is a clean beach with sand and shingle with a tree line backdrop and steps taking you up to amusements, cafes, shops, camping and huts. A great beach for swimming, wind surfing and jet skiing as well as a few good walks on the promenade or the downs just above. The Downs (hill) between Alum Bay and Totland Bay is known as Headon Warren where, from the top of it, you get a sweeping view over Totland Bay, Colwell Bay and the Solent towards the Cowes and the mainland. Facilities include parking, toilets, cafes, restaurants, pub, amusements, shops, picnic area and beach huts.
- Hamstead Point Beach lies in Newtown Bay on the northwest coast of the Isle of Wight and is very much a beautiful and undeveloped stretch of coast. This is the Hamstead Heritage Coast and the bay stretches about 4 kilometres and this remote location offers safe homes to the thousands of different bird species and for the walking visitor a raw natural beauty. Hamstead Point is not a beach to lay down your towel and sunbathe and there is no swimming either but it is a fascinating shoreline for birdwatchers, beachcombers and fossil hunters. The National Trust manages much of the land and you have no facilities. The only access if via the coastal path from Bouldnor near Yarmouth or Thorness near Cowes, alternative access points are from some of the local villages like Newtown and Shalfleet.
- Compton Bay Beach is a large sandy beach about two miles long and the beach is famous for its geological history going back to the dinosaurs and the views and the cliffs make a perfect backdrop for bathers. To get there you will have to find the car park near Shippards Chine just off the A3055 and you will see the sign welcoming you to Hanover Point and the Fossil Forest. Steps lead down from the car park on the beach and there are toilets right there too. It can be really windy on this beach but the surf is good and therefore very popular with the surfers! There is very little else on this beach as it is known for its wildness! Great for walks, picnics, surfing and fossil hunting. At low tide dinosaur foot prints can be seen imprinted in the rocks. The south west coast of the island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Facilities include car park, toilets and sometimes a refreshment van.
- Whitecliff Bay Beach is a sand and shingle beach at the foot of Culver Cliffs and adjoining the Whitecliff Bay Camping Grounds. The beach is a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach and the footpaths that meander across the cliffs above give you terrific views out to sea. The bay is lovely but with limited parking but it does have a cafe and a picnic area though. Visitors who enjoy a walk can park on the top of Culver Down and take a stroll along a steep footpath to the beach. Having a holiday camp behind it makes the bay popular for families and no dogs are permitted at any time. The beach itself is great for swimming and body boarding and is cleaned regularly.
- Blackgang Chine is a beach of small pebbles making it an ideal spot for exploring!. The continual landslides have pretty much destroyed the chine itself, however, cliff top walks in and around the area give panoramic views of the English Channel and the south-western Isle of Wight coast. Blackgang is also a great place to take the kids beachcombing and to hunt for dinosaur fossils. There is good parking and a family entertainment park close by if everyone is fed up with beachcombing!
- Colwell Bay beach is sandy and popular with the locals. The beach itself is gently sloping into the sea which is great for families with kids but be careful of the steps a bit further around the bay which may be slippery. There are beach huts to rent on the promenade and a lovely beach cafe with a terrace giving great views over the whole bay. The facilities on the beach are good with parking close by and a few shops selling buckets and spades, belly boards, balls, beach shoes and ice creams.
- Yarmouth Beach is a tiny but sandy strip of beach edging the coast line of this town. The town is a port dating back to 991 now turned into a tourist spot but it is not really a bathing beach. There are facilities in Yarmouth including shops and cafes and you can enjoy a boat trip or follow the cycle or foot path to Freshwater and visit the local attractions like Fort Victoria.