Beach breaks in the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has a superb variety of beautiful beaches, from vast sandy shorelines to rolling cliffs and awe-inspiring coastal views. The Island is only 25 miles by 14 miles, and you’re never more than nine miles from one of the famous seascapes. There is something for everyone here – from watersports to finding fossilised dinosaur footprints!

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Alum Bay

Alum Bay Beach is without a doubt one of the most scenic beaches on the Isle of Wight. This mainly shingle beach located at the most westerly tip of the island is framed by the iconic chalk stacks known as The Needles, with the world-famous coloured sands with 21 different shades. The clear turquoise waters here are popular with local swimmers and ideal for children to splash around in. And you can get closer to the Needles by taking a pleasure cruise. Or simply enjoy watching the boat moor in the bay during the day and the fisherman enjoying the tranquillity at dusk. Above Alum Bay beach stands The Needles Landmark Attraction, where you will find a host of attractions, cafes, shops, and the Sand Shop where you can take home your own sand from the beach as a souvenir. Alum Bay Beach is accessible by foot via the steps that lead to the picturesque chine or ride the iconic chairlift from The Needles Landmark Attraction.

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Compton Bay Beach

Compton Bay is a fantastic beach for surfers and adrenaline seekers due to the large waves that form when the prevailing south-westerly wind is blowing onshore. The beach is peaceful all through the summer and provides breathtaking views of multicoloured sandstone cliffs and long stretches of golden sand.

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Cowes Beach

Cowes Beach is a short pebble and shell covered beach just west of the town Parade. This beach is a popular location for sailing events throughout the year, due to the rich yachting history of Cowes. You will also find the world’s largest sailing regatta “Cowes Week” on this beachfront.

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Sandown Beach

Sandown Beach is one of the Isle of Wight’s finest and most recognised beaches, with miles of soft golden sands crowned by Sandown’s pleasure pier. Sandown’s seafront has traditional seaside cafes, and souvenir shops, whilst the pier has plenty of exciting amusements, including a crazy golf course for the whole family to enjoy. The beach has several points to hire deckchairs, sun loungers and windbreaks for you to set up camp on the beach with plenty of takeaway teas, coffees and hot chips with salt and vinegar to munch on whilst you sit on the beach.

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Shanklin Beach

Shanklin Beach is what we’d describe as a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ family-friendly beach holiday destination. Its fantastic seafront has all the traditional British seaside attractions you’d expect and more, featuring a large amusement arcade with crazy golf, bowling, go-karting and even indoor golf for rainy days.

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