Beaches

Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe. With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island yields a fantastic array of beaches, which were awarded a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in 2014 – more than any other destination in England! With miles of award winning sand and shingle beaches, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and clear waters, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to the Island. One of the advantages of being surrounded by water is that wherever you are the beach is never too far away. Some beaches have dog restrictions during the season and so where possible we have indicated these. We have also included cafes local to each beach. We advise you check local tide times for all beach visits as some beaches all but disappear under a high tide!

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Seaview, Springvale & Seagrove

Springvale Beach stretches from Puckpool to Seaview, Seagrove Bay sits between Seaview beach and Priory Bay. The seawall at the rear of the beach leads to Priory Bay, which is owned by the Priory Bay Hotel above the high water mark. The Old Fort Bar/ Café sits close to the beach in Seaview Town.

Dog friendly all year round

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The Duver at St. Helens

A lovely shallow beach beyond the sand dunes dotted with colourful beach huts. A new sea wall walk way and views across to Bembridge Fort make this a family friendy beach. The Baywatch cafe serves a varied menu including ice cream kiosk.

Dog friendly all year round

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Bembridge Lane End & Ledge

The Lane End beach is probably best known for being the site of the striking new Bembridge Lifeboat station. Bembridge Ledge through to Forelands is a real hidden gem. The “Ledge” is a rocky platform that is revealed at low tide. Cafes dotted along the shore side include the Toll Gate Cafe in the Marina and the Beach Hut Cafe at 'the ledge'.

Dog friendly all year round

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Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge

A beautiful sandy bay surrounded by the high cliffs of Culver Down. Difficult to get to as access is via Whitecliff Bay Holdiay Park but definitely worth it - Easy with a boat! On the beach there are two cafes, The Wonky Cafe and the Tuppeny cafe.

Dog friendly all year round

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Yaverland Beach, Sandown

Yaverland Beach is one of the Isle of Wight’s best beaches, providing a long stretch of sand and great swimming waters for children and families. When the tide is out the sandy beach expands across acres. The litte beach Kiosk serves food all year round.

Dog friendly all year round however during season there is a ban on the area extending out from and the width of the car park.

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Sandown Beach

Sandown Beach is miles of soft golden sands crowned by Sandown’s pleasure pier. Sandown is a traditional 'bucket and spade' holiday beach with all that you expect from an English family beach. The main seafront area begins slightly west of the pier. Sandown Beach currently holds a Blue Flag award. There are a variety of café’s and bars along Sandown beach, not forgetting the Pier!

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September.

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Shanklin Beach

Shanklin Beach is a one of the Isle of Wight’s best known and backs onto a traditional English seafront promenade. There are lots of cafes and eateries along the promenade. Towards the southern end the majestic cliffs tower over the beach and you can carry on by foot around the headland to Luccombe Beach at low tide. Shanklin Beach currently holds a Seaside Award.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September.

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Bonchurch Beach, Ventnor

Situated on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight, the quiet village of Bonchurch is one of the oldest settlements on the Island. A pretty sand and shingle beach with rock pools incorporating the Monks and Horseshoe Bays. You can take the flat walkway right through to Ventnor Esplanade where there are a variety of places offering drinks and something to eat.

Dog friendly all year round

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Ventnor Beach

Ventnor beach is the southernmost beach and is well-loved by locals and visitors alike. Nestled in the bay beneath the tumbling tiers of the Victorian town, Ventnor’s red shingle and golden sand beach arches around into a crescent shape. Along the seafront there are places for ice-cream, cafes, bars and pubs. Ventnor Beach currently holds a Blue Flag award.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September

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Steephill Cove, Ventnor

Tucked away at the foot of the Ventnor Undercliff and only accessible by foot is one of the Isle of Wight’s true hidden gems. Access to the cove is made via a short walk from Ventnor Esplanade along the coast path, or a steeper descent down Love Lane. There are two palces to eat, a beach cafe and the boathouse seafood restaurant for which bookings are essential.

Dogs are welcome in the cove but please keep on the lead

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Compton Bay, Freshwater

Located in West Wight, Compton offers a two mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs at Freshwater in the distance. Popular with surfers, Compton is a totally natural do-it-yourself beach. Bring all you need although there is an ice-cream van that also vends beverages & snacks.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September

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Brook Beach, Freshwater

Adjacent to the popular Compton Bay, swimming is popular from this beach. One of Brook Beach’s most unique features is the fossilised forest of huge trees which appears from beneath the waves at Hanover Point at low tide, closer to the cliffs, fossils can also be found amongst the pebbles along with the casts of further dinosaur footprints.

Dog friendly all year round

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Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay is covered in a mixture of grey flint and chalk pebbles. There is sand below the low water mark and sandy areas to sit to the more eastern side of the bay. A rock ledge is revealed at low tide which is great for rockpooling. The Freshwater Bay Café is one of the oldest Beach Cafes. There also also the Dandelion Café perched on the cliffs above the bay.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September.

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Totland Bay

Totland Bay is a picturesque sandy beach, ideal for swimming with clear turquoise waters. It is best to park at the top and walk down in the summer months as it as popular with the locals as it is visitors. There is a pub on the sea wall at the eastern end, with large picture windows on the sun room side this is a great place to eat as you watch the sun sink below the horizon. Totland Bay currently holds a Seaside Award.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September.

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Colwell Bay, Freshwater

Colwell Bay has clear, calm waters making it a popular family beach. A traditional cafe is just before you reach the beach and beach hut shops on the slipway. If you walk along the sea wall to the left you will find a bistro style restaurant, The Hut. Colwell Bay currently holds a Blue Flag award.

Dog friendly all year round however only to the right of the slipway

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Gurnard & Cowes

Gurnard Beach is a quaint traditional, pebble and shingle beach, just a stone's throw south east of the town of Cowes with great views across the Solent, and some of the best sunsets you are likely to find! At the eastern end of the seafront is a popular cafe and restaurant, with a window ice cream service to those using the beach. Gurnard Beach currently holds a Seaside Award.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September

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East Cowes

A quiet shingle and sand beach with fantastic views across West Cowes and its marina. It is good for family swimming and as it is tucked away behind the town it a great beach to visit if you are looking for somewhere a bit quieter. Along the Esplanade from the town there is a good sized car park, next to which is a café. East Cowes Beach currently holds a Seaside Award.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September

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Ryde & Appley Beaches

The beaches at Ryde offer miles of sandy shores. A promenade stretches from the foot of the pier, eastwards past the pleasure beache, stretching down to Appley past the Gothic structure of Appley Tower, and then on to Puckpool. There are a number of eateries along the coast and cafes towards the Puckpool/ seview end. Ryde's East Beach currently holds a Seaside Award.

Dog restrictions between 1st May – 30th September

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