The first thing people picture when they hear ‘Island’ is a beach and the Isle of Wight is no exception. We’re blessed here with some of the best beaches in the world – perfect for paddling, swimming, building sandcastles, chilling out, rockpooling, and even finding dinosaur fossils. Here’s our guide to some of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight.

East Wight beaches

Sandown Beach Sandown Beach Isle of Wight

As the name suggests, Sandown Beach is lush and sandy with a pier fit for a postcard, making it one of the best beaches the Isle of Wight has to offer. The water is beautifully clean, with awards attesting to its quality. There’s also plenty to do in the way of watersports, dining, and entertainment. Sandown Beach is the stuff a classic UK beach holiday is made of.

Winner of Quality Coast Award
Winner of Marine Conservation Award

Appley Beach Appley Beach Isle of Wight

Appley Beach in Ryde is perfect for families with young children. There’s a playground, a café, well-equipped toilets, and a lovely sandy beach on which to build sandcastles. There’s a pushchair and wheelchair friendly walk along the shore, and, if you want to bring your dog, the Seaview end of the beach is dog-friendly.

 

Shanklin Beach Shanklin Beach Isle of Wight

Shanklin is just perfect for fun in the sand. Bring your bucket and spade, pick a spot, and let the beach do the rest. There’s also mini golf on the esplanade, bouncy castles during the tourist season, and lifts up the cliffs. It’s popular with tourists, and for good reason. The ideal family beach day out.

Winner of Quality Coast Award

Whitecliff Bay Beach Whitecliff Bay Beach Isle of Wight

This is one of the most beautiful Isle of Wight beaches. Framed by stunning white cliffs, the beach offers safe swimming, lovely sand, and a bit of a quieter atmosphere than many other East Wight beaches. Access is down a steep slope, making this the perfect beach for those who want a bit of seclusion without compromising on amenities (like the excellent café).

Seaview Beach Seaview Beach Isle of Wight

This is a large, sandy beach, with plenty of space for sports, games, and general leg-stretching. The water is reasonably shallow, making it perfect for young children to paddle in. Seaview Beach has the advantage of easy parking along the esplanade.

Bembridge Beach Bembridge Beach Isle of Wight

Bembridge Beach is famed for the quality and quantity of its rockpools. Anyone with an interest in coastal life will have a great time exploring the rockpools here. Bembridge Beach also has a lifeboat station, which is fascinating and free to visit. Not far away, there are good cafes and toilets, making this an excellent excursion beach. Bembridge is also a dog friendly beach where your four legged friend can play all year round.

Dogs welcome all year round

West Wight Beaches

Compton Beach Compton Beach Isle of Wight

Also known as Compton Bay, this beach is popular with photographers. The wide sweep of the bay, the clean sands and the pristine downs makes it one of the most picturesque and best Isle of Wight beaches. This is one of the island’s widest sandy stretches, and it’s popular with both locals and tourists alike. Good for sports, swimming, and sunbathing.

Winner of Marine Conservation Award
Dogs welcome all year round

Yarmouth Beach Yarmouth Beach Isle of Wight

Yarmouth Beach is small, but full of character. If you can get here at low tide, you’ll find a nice little stretch of sand and shingle. Yarmouth is most notable for its pier, which is the last remaining wooden pier in the British Isles. For a small fee, you can walk the length of the pier, where you’ll find incredible views out over the Solent.

South Wight

Brook Chine Brook Chine Beach Isle of Wight

Brook Chine, or Brook Beach, in South-West Wight is an adventurer’s beach, great for dog-walkers, ramblers, and dinosaur hunters. There are fossils to be found here if you’re lucky. Kite surfers love this beach, as do more traditional surfers, when conditions are right.

Ventnor Beach Ventnor Beach Isle of Wight

The Victorian town of Ventnor is charming, and the perfect stop for anyone planning their UK beach holidays. The beach itself is a combination of sand and shingle. There are toilets, cafes, and a paddling pool for young children. However, there are also quiet spots, away from the holiday crowds, and the views both back to the beautiful town, and out over the ocean, are stunning.

Winner of Quality Coast Award

North Wight

Gurnard Beach Gurnard Beach Isle of Wight

Gurnard Beach is excellent for sunsets and short, sandy strolls. Its stunning views and beach huts give it a classic Isle of Wight beach feel. There are also plenty of cafes and a great pub to quench your thirst. Ideal for a pleasant evenings, rounded off with one of the best Isle of Wight beach sunsets.

Winner of Quality Coast Award

Cowes Beach Cowes Beach Isle of Wight

Cowes Beach is shingly, and good for paddling. However, its best asset is probably boat-watching. If you like the maritime life, Cowes is the place to go. You can sit on the shoreline and watch the cruise ships, yachts, and little boats pass by. The walks along the North Wight coast are also lovely, with plenty of interesting history and architecture to take in.

Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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