Find The Nearest Beach Isle of Wight
Planning a trip to the Isle of Wight and looking for the nearest beaches. The Isle of Wight has over 90 km of varied coastline from large sandy beaches around Ryde in the north to hidden coves and deserted clifftops in the south. The island is also one of the best places in the UK for dinosaur remains and fossil hunting.
- Shanklin 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.
- 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.
- Ryde West Beach is a popular small strip of sand next to Ryde pier in the pretty town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It is a sandy beach which is cleaned daily and just a few steps from shops, restaurants, cafes and other entertainment such as the mini golf course, ten pin bowling, ice rink, paddling pool, lake and playground! Ryde is the second largest town on the island and an interesting one for shopping and history and the views are spectacular from most angles. Ryde Pier is famous and was built during the Victorian era and allows visitors some great views of the coast line and ocean. This beach has dog restrictions but is great for swimming, sunbathing and boating with great amenities and easy to reach. There is a landing stage and slipway if you want to take a boat in to shore.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cowes beach or West beach is a sand and shingle beach. A good point for relaxing and watching sailing and other watersports in the Solent. This beach is steep shelved and is only recommended for strong swimmers. The adjoining beach at Gurnard has a gentler shelf and is generally less crowded, making it perfect for swimming, and the two beaches are connected via the promenade.
- 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.