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Things to do on the Isle of Wight

Just a short hop and a skip across The Solent, the Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s most idyllic holiday destinations and it is packed with attractions, natural wonders and days out. From leisurely strolls along the beach to hunting for dinosaur remains, and thrilling adventure activities, there are all sorts of things to do on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight's best beaches

The Isle of Wight is home to an array of stunning beaches, with around 37 in total, 14 of which are award-winning stretches.

Steephill Cove

Steephill Cove is one of the best kept secret beaches on the Isle of Wight. Inaccessible by road, this really is a wonderful spot to relax and explore. It's home to two restaurants so you have somewhere to dine in style throughout the day and evening, with stunning sea views to enhance your experience.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is a fantastic beauty spot in Poole Harbour in Dorset. Journey to it over the waters on a ferry and embark on the perimeter trail around the island and take a light lunch at the castle. Managed by the National Trust, this is a must see on any trip to the Isle of Purbeck.

Kimmeridge Beach

Kimmeridge Beach is the best destination for spotting marine life on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula. Offering the best access to the Purbeck Marine Life Reserve. Excellent conditions for snorkelers and scuba divers to enjoy. Surfers head here for the premier break in the region, Broad Bench.

Chapman's Pool

Chapman's Pool,on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula, is a secluded and sheltered cove, home to a former lifeboat station, and a large collection of rock pools ripe for exploration. Close to the lovely Isle of Purbeck village of Worth Matravers, bring a picnic and relax in this lesser known beauty spot.

Ventnor Beach

A Victorian-era gem, Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, is a quaint arch-shaped sandy beach with great facilities. Reminiscent of some Mediterranean destinations, there are some great eateries and pubs along the short promenade. Take an amble along the coast to beautiful Steephill Cove.

Swanage Beach

Swanage Beach, on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula, is one of the country's best-loved holiday destinations. Its sheltered bay makes it a great place to relax, swim or scuba dive. Fun family activity venues can be found up and down the town’s three contrasting beaches. A traditional seaside resort for all.

Shanklin Beach

Shanklin Beach is one of the Isle of Wight's best loved holiday destinations. It offers miles of golden sands, crazy golf, penny arcades, endless eateries and the bewitching Shanklin Chine. Within walking distance of the town centre, Shanklin is the perfect choice for a traditional family day out at the seaside.

St Helen's Beach

St Helen's Beach, on the Isle of Wight, is a calm prospect for those looking for a quieter part of the shoreline to enjoy a swim, a stroll or a spot of bird watching. With striking views across the Solent, this beach has good facilities as well as having no restrictions for dog owners.

Whitecliff Bay

Outstanding sand and pebble beach situated at the most easterly point of the Isle of Wight. Of interest to geologists and historians alike, this is a great secret getaway with short driving distance of Bembridge, Ryde, Sandown and good access to the coastal path and more.

Totland Bay

Totland Beach, on the Isle of Wight, is a great beach for sunsets thanks to its westerly aspect. Favoured by swimmers, wind surfers and jet-ski lovers, there are is also a good range of amenities at Totland. The restored pier due for re-opening in 2018. Walk over the headland for views of the Needles.
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