Top Isle of Wight Beaches
With dog-friendly ratings

 

Some of the island's beaches are dog-friendly year-round while others are open to dogs only in the winter months. Here is your insider's guide to pet-friendly beaches and where to go with your dogs. These are also some of the finest beaches on the island, so read on to find out more about where to take the family or where to go for peace and quiet on the Isle of Wight.

 

Dog-friendly beaches on the Isle of Wight

Colwell Bay Beach (Freshwater)

Dogs: Dog-friendly to the right of slipway

Features: Crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming

Surface: Sand and pebbles

Access: Short walk from Colwell Bay resort or via the steep slipway

Views: Dramatic cliffs and views across to Hurst Castle on the mainland

Compton Bay Beach (Brook)

Dogs: Not permitted from 1st May to 30th September

Features: Long sandy and undeveloped beach, popular for kitesurfing and with surfers

Surface: Sand

Access: Steep steps down from two car parks

Views: Expansive views across to the white cliffs of Freshwater

Cowes Beach (Cowes)

Dogs: Not permitted from 1st May to 30th September

Features: Perfect for watching yachts, especially during Cowes Week regatta

Surface: Pebble and shell

Access: The beach is at the same level as Queen’s Road, with parking to the west

Views: Yachts leaving and entering the estuary and views across to the mainland

Fort Victoria Country Park (Yarmouth)

Dogs: Dog-friendly year round

Features: Free parking, country park and some great walks from the beach

Surface: Rocky

Access: The beach is at the same level as Queen’s Road, with parking to the west

Views: Yachts leaving and entering the estuary and views across to the mainland

Freshwater Bay (Freshwater)

Dogs: Not permitted from 1st May to 30th September

Features: Beautiful cove with caves and rock pools, cafes and a bar, near Colwell Bay resort

Surface: Pebbles, sand and some rocks

Access: Large car park by beach with gentle slope down to the sea

Views: Southerly aspect with views towards Compton Bay

St Helen’s Beach (St Helens)

Dogs: Dog-friendly year round

Features: A beautiful beach, backed by sand dunes

Surface: Sand and pebbles

Access: A slipway leads down from the pay and display car park, with steps further along

Views: Easterly aspect with views south to the tree-lined shores of Bembridge beach

Priory Bay Beach (Nettlestone)

Dogs: Dog-friendly year round

Features: Wild, unspoilt and quiet beach, backed by trees

Surface: Sand

Access: From the southern end of Seaview Beach on foot

Views: Easterly aspect with beautiful woodland surroundings and gently sloping sandy shore

Ventnor Beach (Ventnor)

Dogs: Not permitted from 1st May to 30th September

Features: Traditional seaside resort with windbreakers, deckchairs, ice-creams, bar and cafes

Surface: Sand

Access: By steps or a long ramp - less than 20 minutes drive from Rookley Park

Views: Southerly aspect with views across the Channel, tree-covered hills enclose the bay

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