Beaches in the north
Gurnard Bay beach
Ideal for family bathing with a gently shelving sand and shingle beach. Also suitable for wind surfing and dinghy sailing with a slipway for small boats.
Café, beach huts, toilets and parking.
Prince's Esplanade provides a sand and shingle beach accessible by car or on foot. Ideal for family swimming, plenty of seafront activities plus fantastic views of yachts, cruise ships and large container vessels in the Solent. Café, parking, toilets and boat trips.
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East Cowes beach
A short walk from the town centre, you will discover a sand and shingle beach suitable for swimming and canoeing. Beach huts, deckchair hire, children's play area and paddling pool. Café, toilets and car parking.
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Osborne beach belonged to Queen Victoria and has recently been opened by English Heritage to visitors to Osborne House. It is set in a beautiful location, it's safe for families and there's a café and toilets.
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Red Funnel's Red Jet service docks in the heart of West Cowes - the beach is just 10 minutes away.
The vehicle ferry service berths at East Cowes and again the beach is a 10 minute walk.
Gurnard can be reached by bus from Cowes (service 32) or on foot past the RYS and Egypt Point.
Location of north coast beaches
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