Isle of Wight Beach Guide
Isle of Wight Beach Guide
- - 60 miles of beach
- - 15 Seaside Awards
- - 4 Blue Flag winners
- - Over 20 beaches to choose from
- - All accessible by car and most by public transport
The Isle of Wight is a beach lovers paradise with over 60 miles of beach to explore throughout the year. From quiet secluded bays, fossil rich coves and miles of award winning sandy beaches which are safe for swiming, the Isle of Wight has a beach for every occassion and personal preference.
The Island is the No.1 location in the south for award winning beaches. Ventnor, Sandown, Yaverland and Shanklin have Blue Flag status while 14 beaches were given Seaside Awards in 2013 - the single highest for the country.
Award Winning Beaches in 2013
- - Colwell - Blue Flag
- - Cowes - Seaside Award
- - East Cowes - Seaside Award
- - Gurnard - Seaside Award
- - Ryde East - Seaside Award
- - Sandown - Blue Flag
- - Seagrove - Seaside Award
- - Shanklin - Seaside Award
- - Springvale - Seaside Award
- - St Helens - Seaside Award
- - Yaverland - Blue Flag
- - Ventnor - Blue Flag
- - Totland - Seaside Award
Criteria for Seaside Awards include good access, top facilities such as lifeguard's, absense of litter and clean bathing water.
South Coast Beaches
The south coast borders the English Channel and has a selection of spectacular beaches with chalk cliffs and secluded bays. These beaches are more rugged and as a result are quieter. They have proved great locations for fossils and dinosaur remains. South Coast Beaches>South Coast Beaches >
West Coast Beaches
The west coast offers some of the most dramatic scenery on the Island, with towering cliffs and stunning beaches with views across the Solent and of the famous Needles rock formations. West Coast Beaches >West Coast Beaches >
East Coast Beaches
The east coast offers a huge choice of beaches with something for everyone and every occasion, from small secluded bays to Blue Flag beaches. They have also proved great locations for fossils and dinosaur remains. East Coast Beaches>East Coast Beaches >
North Coast Beaches
Ideal for families. Safe beaches with plenty of facilities. North Coast Beaches>North Coast Beaches >
How to get there
If you're travelling by car, the Island's beaches are easily accessible from East Cowes.
If travelling on foot from Southampton, the Island bus service, Southern Vectis offers regular and good value transport links to all areas of the Island. Alternatively if you don't want to travel further, you can visit the Island's north coast beaches in and around Cowes.
Barbecue on the beach at sunset