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Isle of Wight Beach Guide

Isle of Wight Beach Guide

Appley Beach, Ryde, Isle of Wight
  • - 60 miles of beach
  • - 13 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 Colwell have Blue Flag status while 13 beaches were given Seaside Awards in 2014 - the single highest for the country.

Award Winning Beaches in 2014

Kite flying, Isle of Wight beach

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 >

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How to get there

By Car
If you're travelling by car, the Island's beaches are easily accessible from East Cowes.

On Foot
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.

Click on the south, west, east and north coast beach links for information on how to get there from East and West Cowes.

Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight

Barbecue on the beach at sunset

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