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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- 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!
- 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.
- Alum Bay lies at the western most point of the Isle of Wight and you can see the Needles quite clearly here. One of the things tourists love is the varied coloured sands of the cliffs and it is still possible to get the layered sands in tiny bottles in the gift shops in the nearly towns and villages. This is a pebble beach and great for beach walks, shell and fossil hunting. Boat trips are run from a jetty on the beach and the facilities are good with a car park, toilets and a cafe. The chalk downs around Alum Bay are fantastic walking country.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brook bay beach is a sandy beach popular for beach combing and fossil hunting as well as bathing and water sports. There is a pay and display car park from which you can walk down to the beach, but there are no facilities on the beach and the village of Brook is not in walking distance. It’s a popular surfing beach of about 2kms of sand and faces out into the Channel with the surrounding land owned by the National Trust. Dogs are allowed here and it’s relatively quiet all year round. A perfect spot to escape the crowds!
- Ventnor Beach is a well sheltered sand and shingle beach and the cliffs make it a perfect sun trap for beachgoers. The walk to this beach is really pretty as you amble through the town and past the Cascade Gardens to the sea. It’s a great family beach for paddling, swimming, sunbathing and picnics. Plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants offer a wide variety of food and drink on the seafront and Bonchurch, a secluded beach, is within walking distance. Fresh crab and lobster can be purchased at Blake’s at the start of the esplanade if you fancy too. If you want to explore further afield then head West and visit Steephill cove or hike along the cliff paths to St Lawrence with its rocky beach. The locals will tell you that it’s not great for water sports as there are hidden rocks and a strong tides. Facilities include parking, toilets, disabled access, cafes, restaurants, pubs, botanical gardens and shops.
- St Helens Beach is great for swimmers with safe, sandy beaches. St Helens lies between Bembridge and Seaview and is a lovely, traditional English beach with rocks to sit against and rock pools for the kids to go crabbing in. There are good walks from this beach to Priory Bay and Seaview as well as a good marina and boat mooring. To the back of the beach are the sand dunes which are great for picnics and games with the kids. Bird and wildlife are prolific in the area and the local farmers use the seaweed that washes up as compost ensuring a well maintained and natural beach spot. The cafe sells ice creams and beach paraphernalia like lilos, hats, buckets and spades. St Helens is a lovely little spot and the village green hosts cricket matches and football with views right over the harbour and it is a short walk to St Helens fort if you get a bit bored on the beach. Facilities include parking, toilets (incl disabled), cafe, slipway and campsite.
- Freshwater Bay is open to the Channel and takes the brunt of the prevailing winds in the winter months. At Freshwater you can see the rolling waves coming in from the Channel, crashing against the cliffs. In the summer months, however, the waters are calm and still and where the beach is pebbly, the waters are clear. Families are attracted to exploring the cliffs and caves, kayaking, sunbathing and strolling along the promenade.
- Small Hope Beach lies within Sandown Bay, it is sandy and safe making it a sure thing for families. The beach is clean and welcoming with clear water, first aid, lifebelts,inshore rescue, water sports of all kinds and flies the Seaside Award flag! The bay is sheltered from the wind and has the cliffs of Luccombe and St Boniface downs behind it. You will want to visit the deep gorge just past The Crab Inn. It is called Shanklin Chine and carved out by a stream. In the evening the waterfalls and woodland are illuminated giving the gardens around it a totally different aspect and atmosphere. Really worth a visit. The views embrace the English Channel across the bay and extend around the White Cliffs of Culver. Facilities include car parking, restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops, pitch and putt, amusements, lift to top of cliffs.
- 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.