Never looked so good
With more than 57 miles of coastline, is it any wonder the Isle of Wight features some of the most beautiful beaches around. Cliffs, coves, sandy beaches, rock pools and secret inlets, you'll find it all here. If you’re looking for a traditional British seaside holiday, complete with bucket and spade, sandcastles, deckchairs and windbreaks, you’re in luck. If fantastic undeveloped sretches of coastline are more style, head to Compton Bay, it's perfect for kitesurfing. Then there are beautiful coves, like Freshwater Bay and stretches of unspoilt tree-lined sand, including Priory Beach.
Framed by the iconic chalk Needles, Alum Bay beach is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque beaches on the island, so don't forget your camera. It's mainly shingle beach with crystal clear waters great for paddling. Watch boats moored in the bay bobbing as you sit and look out to The Needles.
Bembridge beachSand dunes
Admire the views out over the Solent, the south coast and St Helen's fort as you chill on the beach. Featuring sand dunes behind, the beach comprises of stones, pebbles and shells - the kids will love choosing prettiest shells to take home. It's also a watersports and dinghy sailing haven.
Ryde beachMiles of sandy shore
Looking for miles and miles of sandy shoreline, then Ryde beach is well worth a visit. Hire a deckchair, sun lounger or windbreak, pack a picnic and spend a family day at the beach... just don't get your sandwiches sandy! See if you can spot the Spinnaka Tower across the Solent. Or kitesurfers taking to the waves.
Steephill CoveA tucked away gem
One of the island's true hidden gems, Steephill Cove is tucked away at the foot of Ventnor Undercliffe and features stunning scenery, clear waters, great for swimming, and rock pools waiting to be explored. Picture brightly coloured beach huts, fisherman's cottages, lobster pots and fishing tackle dotted around, one thing's for sure, Steephill will charm you. Whether its winter, spring summer or autumn, make sure it's on your must-do list.
ShanklinSea & sandcastles
Bring your bucket and spade and spend hours digging for treasure or making sandcastles on one of the island's best known stretches of golden sands. If you want to create the magic and nostalgia of a traditional family beach holiday, Shanklin is the place with its English seafront promenade. Have a go at crazy golf, sit in a seaside cafe and soak up the atmosphere, check out the beach shops and treat yourself to an ice cream. There's even indoor play for rainy days.