Planning the perfect Isle of Wight beach holiday

Collaborative post by another author. The south of the UK is always a good shout when you’re planning a beach holiday. One particularly good spot to go for is the Isle of Wight, which tends to enjoy more sunshine than a lot of the country.

With miles of coastline and a wealth of beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. But it’s not all about the sand and the waves, as the island has many charming seaside towns to explore and attractions to see.

So, to get you started on planning your potential holidays to Isle of Wight, take a look at our tips to make it perfect.

Sandown Beach in the early morning on the Isle of Wight
Explore the beaches of the Isle Of Wight

Choose The Right Beach

First things first, you need to know which beach – or beaches – you want to spend your holiday on. With more than 60 miles of coastline in total, the Isle of Wight has quite a few options for you to pick from. Between wider sandy beaches, secluded coves with pebbly beaches, or narrow stretches of rocky outcrops you’re pretty spoilt for choice.

That’s why it’s important to do your research ahead of time and figure out which ones you’d prefer to visit. Since the Isle of Wight is easy to cross from coast to coast on the same day you don’t have to limit yourself too much, so make a list and plan out an itinerary.

Beaches such as Ventnor and Shanklin are very popular spots because they also offer a wide range of amenities and facilities nearby. If you’d prefer a quieter escape, consider spots like Compton Bay or Steephill Cove to have less competition for a prime spot on the sands.

Explore Other Coastal Attractions

The Isle of Wight is about more than just its beaches, having plenty of other enjoyable coastal attractions to enjoy on your holiday. Take a break from sunbathing to have a stroll along the scenic coastal paths, getting an even more impressive view of the sea from higher up on the cliffs.

You shouldn’t miss out on the iconic Needles landmark, with the set of three chalk stacks rising out of the waves and making the perfect backdrop for some amazing holiday snaps. Be sure to explore some of the picturesque beachside towns, such as the classic Victorian retreat of Ventnor and its breathtaking Botanic Gardens.

If you want to experience more than just the beach, look out for opportunities to take to the waters. There are many spots to rent surfboards, paddleboards, or kayaks around the island as well as teachers who can help if you’re new to the activities.

Prepare For The Weather

On average the Isle of Wight does have a milder climate and sunnier days than much of the UK. But that doesn’t mean that it’s completely immune to classic British weather!

Tempting as it is to pack light, make sure that you take some extra layers whenever you head down to the beach, as you never know when the wind might pick up.

If you plan on venturing into the water, invest in a wetsuit. It’s easy not to realise just how cold the sea is until you’ve jumped in, especially outside of the warmer summer months. 


Heading down to the Isle of Wight for a beach holiday is the perfect opportunity for some relaxation and adventure. Take the time to soak in the sun and enjoy the variety of beaches and activities on offer.

No matter whether you want to go for a family getaway, a romantic weekend away, or a solo adventure, with the right planning you’ll be enjoying a perfect beachside holiday in no time.

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