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Beaches on the Isle of Wight

When you’re on the coast, why not make a dash for the beach? The Isle of Wight is famed for its sandy beaches and wherever you choose to go, you can be sure to witness some of the best coastal views that the south coast has to offer. On top of this, the Island offers a number of dog-friendly beaches that you can take advantage of.

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Top 10 IOW beaches

With so many beautiful beaches to choose from on the Island, it can be hard to pick which one to visit. So we’ve put together our top 10 to make things a little easier for you.

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Horse riding on Appley Beach, Ryde
Compton Beach, Isle of Wight

Compton Beach

Winner of the Marine Conservation Award, Compton beach on the Isle of Wight is a popular beach for locals, tourists and watersports enthusiasts alike. Known for its clean sands and picturesque views, this beach is a great choice for anyone spending time on the Island.

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Deckchairs on Shanklin Beach

Shanklin Beach

Shanklin Beach is the classic summer destination on the Isle of Wight. Packed with plenty of activities on the seafront such as mini-golf and bouncy castles during the warmer seasons, it’s no wonder it’s the ideal location for a great day out.

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Sandown Beach, IOW

Sandown Beach

Winner of multiple awards, Sandown Beach is a popular choice for holidaymakers and locals on the Isle of Wight. The beach offers beautiful views, plenty of activities on the seafront and the delights of Sandown Pier.

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Whitecliff Bay

Whitecliff Bay

Described as one of the most beautiful and sandy beaches on the Isle of Wight, Whitecliff Bay is a secluded spot on East Wight that offers a more quiet and idyllic experience.

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Discover more beaches

We’ve created the Wightlink Explorer, a great way to find the best places on the Island. Our easy-to-use tool will help you discover the best beaches on the Isle of Wight and so much more.

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Dog with owner on beach at sunset

Getting there

With more ferries on more routes running more often, we’re your link to beautiful Isle of Wight beaches.

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Victoria of Wight sails into Fishbourne