5 favourite Isle of Wight beaches
This is the Goodleaf Tree Climbing beach and you can often find us relaxing on the beach when we’re not hanging out in the canopy. With the long, golden sands marked by the famous Appley Tower, endless safe swimming waters (warmed up by the sun – the tide goes out a LONG way) and easy access, Appley Beach has it all and even more; a kids sand park, walking paths, woodland…Appley’s charms are myriad!
St Helen’s Duver, Seaview
Swimming, paddling and rock pooling are all on offer at the beautiful St Helen’s Duver. Try Baywatch on the Beach for lunch along the front, next to the railway carriage beach huts. Our top tip – take a walk over the National Trust sand dunes behind the beach!
Where else in the world can you share the beach with dinosaur footprint casts from millions of years ago? Compton is an untouched gem that we love for a beach day away from the rest of the world. Its’ waters are rougher than the East Wight beaches; brilliant for boogie boarders and best for experienced swimmers. There’s an untamed feel about Compton and we love it, whether it’s a hot summer’s afternoon or a blowy January day. One word sums it up: wild!
A traditional seaside town, Sandown is perfect in glorious sunshine, in fact we often spend August days down at the beach hut at Strollers. With an old fashioned seaside-y feel, plenty of soft sand and great facilities, it’s an underrated town. The town may look a bit well worn, but is still a fab place to take the family on a summer’s day. There’s some great places to eat too.
Inaccessible by car, Steephill Cove is a lovely place to walk to along the coastal path from Ventnor. It’s a small beach where you can watch the local fishermen gathering their catches of lobster and crab. It’s a really gorgeous place, with traditional cottages, a couple of family run eateries and the blissful opportunity to enjoy some ‘Cove Time’. Perfect.
So that’s our five favourite Isle of Wight beaches. Where are yours?