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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Luccombe Beach is a mix of sand, pebbles and rock, backed by cliffs. The beach is situated between Shanklin Old Village and Bonchurch on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight. Luccombe beach can only be accessed by walking down the footpath through Luccombe Chine, a wooded coastal ravine, leading from the clifftop to Luccombe Bay. The beach has no facilities.
- 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.
- 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.