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.

Colwell Bay Beach has dog restrictions. Colwell Bay has dog restrictions.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches around Freshwater, 29 beaches in Isle of Wight, or check our list of Isle of Wight Dog Friendly Beaches.

Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  • Good: generally good water quality
  • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.


7 Day Weather Forecast

Our weather forecast for Freshwater in Isle of Wight is split into two widgets. The first shows a timeline containing temperature, wind, sunrise/sunset and chance of rain, whilst the second shows the forecast for the week ahead including severe weather alerts when available.

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