One of the Isle of Wight’s best kept secrets is Compton Bay. Located in on the south west coast, Compton Bay is home to a two-mile wide beach with views out to the English Channel and to the white cliffs of Freshwater.
Compton Bay is a favourite with local surfers because of its resemblance to Californian beaches, good breaks and waves whipped by the south westerly. The National Trust managed beach also recommends nearby Brook Bay, which is more sheltered, for those learning how to surf. Surf at Compton Bay between low and mid tides, when the swell can be anything up to five foot tall depending on wind direction. Compton Bay was recently recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters. If you are a fossil hunter head to Compton Bay, tours are available to view the dinosaur footprints at Hanover Point.
Facilities are thin on the ground there, but there are two car parks. Hanover Point’s car park has public toilets and a drinking tap. There is no disabled access to the beach as there is a long and tiered staircase. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round except for the period between May and September.
Please read the beach safety notices at Compton Bay concerning local sea conditions.
Stay near Compton Bay
To give yourself plenty of time to relax, as well as a chance to explore Compton Bay and our exciting island, take a look at our collection of Freshwater cottages. There is something for everyone.
Good to know
Dog friendly beach?
Yes – with restrictions between 1st June and 30th September
Kayaking / canoeing
Swimming / bathing