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Isle of Wight Beaches

Sandy Sandown beach

Beach at Yaverland, Sandown, Isle of Wight

Beach at Yaverland, Sandown

Stretching around Sandown Bay, the beach at Sandown is one of the best on the Isle of Wight. At one end of the beach is Sandown pier, with all the traditional family amusements you’d expect at the British seaside. At the other end is Yaverland, which provides a centre for watersports and has a wilder feel. Either way, you’re guaranteed a lovely sandy beach which is very popular with families.

Miles of sand in Ryde

Ryde Beach, Isle of Wight

Ryde Beach, Isle of Wight

The beaches at Ryde lie on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores. The sand reaches out so far that Ryde pier had to be built to enable boats to dock and load/disembark passengers. In fact, when the tide is out it often looks as if you could just walk to the mainland and barely get your feet wet.

Unspoilt beaches

Watershoot Bay, Isle of Wight south coast

Watershoot Bay, Isle of Wight

Travel west from Ventnor and the coast gets much more rugged with fantastic distant views towards The Needles and lots of unspoilt beaches along the way. The best one is probably Compton Beach which has a long stretch of sand and is great for surfers and kite-surfers. Not so easy to get to, there are lots of smaller beaches along the way, such as Watershoot Bay and Whale Chine. Nearer Ventnor, and more popular, is Steephill Cove, a small traditional fishing bay which can only be reached on foot or by boat.