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Enjoy a beach getaway on the Isle of Wight

Thu 28 Feb 2013

Enjoy a beach getaway on the Isle of Wight

Individuals planning a summer getaway to the Isle of Wight this year might like to avail themselves of the many opportunities for catching the sun which the island offers at its myriad beaches.

The island boasts 11 award-winning beaches at Colwell, Cowes, East Cowes, Gurnard, Sandown, Seagrove, Shanklin, Springvale, Totland, Ventnor and Yaverland.

All achieved the Quality Coast Award, meaning there are plenty of options for visitors hoping to relax in a pleasant and hygienic environment when visiting the seaside on the Isle of Wight. Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor beaches were also recently honoured as Blue Flag winners, demonstrating their excellent water quality and cleanliness.

Visitors should remember that many of the beaches on the Isle of Wight operate a no dogs allowed policy and therefore visitors who have a canine companion should remember to either leave them at home for their visitor or first check with the local authority to see if their animal is allowed.

Sandown is described as a wonderful destination for the family, with its Crazy Golf and Mini Fairground attractions providing excellent distractions for youngsters, while mums and dads might also like to avail themselves of the extensive water sports facilities on offer. 

Not as vast as Sandown, Shanklin beach is another very popular destination for individuals and families alike.

Featuring a pay and display car park for easy access to the waterfront, the facilities at Shanklin are second to none on the island, with cafe's, pubs, pitch and putt, hotels and plenty of beachside establishments for refreshment and relaxation.

Meanwhile, the Good Beach Guide 2012 from the Marine Conservation Society highlights the sun-trapped bay of Ventnor as one of the stand-out seaside destinations on the island. It offers high cliffs surrounding soft sand and calm waters, making it the ideal place to top up the tan and simply relax by the water's edge.

Elsewhere, Colwell beach is a small and unspoilt stretch of pristine sand, complete with its own esplanade and dozens of exclusive beach huts for hire.

Ryde beach is situated to the north-east of the Isle of Wight and is within easy walking distance of the town centre. Visitors in the area are also within close proximity to Springvale - one of the busiest beaches during the peak summer months - with travellers urged to stay safe by following the directions of all local signage.

Anyone heading to the coast this summer - and there's plenty of it on the Isle of Wight - should remember to stay safe during their visit.

The Isle of Wight Council offers advice to make any seaside getaway both enjoyable and safe, with its list of recommendations including never entering the water when Red Danger Flags are flying, as this means the conditions are considered dangerous.

Furthermore, visitors should refrain from swimming near breakwaters or where danger flags for specific areas are displayed. In addition, it is advisable not to enter the sea for up to one hour after eating a meal.

Moreover, when conditions are blustery it is important that beachgoers do not take inflatables into the water, as they can easily be swept away from the shore.

Meanwhile, facilities at Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin are manned seven days per week from 10:00 to 18:00 GMT by resident Beach Masters - individuals who are fully trained in life saving and who can offer aid to visitors should they get into trouble.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution adds that beach visitors should always check weather and tide times before heading out, as well as remembering that should anybody get into difficulties, the best course of action is to attract the attention of the lifeguards by placing one's hand in the air and shouting loudly.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801549145-ADNFCR

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