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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ryde Beach is a large sandy beach with fantastic facilities and clear water backed by a promenade. Behind the beach you have a large boating lake and all the amenities of Ryde. The beach is also known as Ryde East Beach but really is the main Ryde beach that offers a quality beach for families, surfers and bathers. It is a safe beach and you can enjoy the journey there on a catamaran or hovercraft if you just want to visit for the day from the mainland. There are also boat trips around the island and many water sports to choose from here including wind surfing, jet skiing and canoeing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sandown Beach is the longest beach on the Isle of Wight and serves the holiday resorts of Sandown and Shanklin. This beach has all the facilities and is perfect for safe family fun in the sun with gently sloping sands, great facilities, a Pier and water sports galore. The golden sands are endless with enough space for everyone to enjoy a good day out. Mom can relax as there are life guards patrolling and the Southern Water safety initiative tackles the issue of kids getting lost! The Culver Cliffs serve as a dramatic backdrop to this perfect stretch of beach with its impressive collection of seaside attractions from the pier to the crazy golf for when you get tired of building sand castles!
- 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.
- 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.