This week on the Sykes Cottages Blog, our posts have been focusing on the enchanting Isle of Wight and to make sure we finish the week in style, we’ve put together a post dedicated to the Isle of Wight’s fabulous coastline! Keep reading as we walk you through some of the island’s best beaches, but get ready to pack your bags as these tempting bays are sure to persuade you to visit the Isle of Wight on your next beach break.
Best Beach for Families
Located on the southern coast, Sandown is a popular family retreat; with golden sands, inviting cafes and sea-front stores, it’s the ideal spot for a traditional seaside getaway with your bucket and spade. As well as extensive golden sands and calm swimming waters, Sandown also has a fantastic pleasure pier. This pier is great for hiding away on a rainy day, with its indoor golf course, bowling lanes and soft play area, the kids can have a fun-packed day at the beach no matter the weather.
Best Beach for Couples
If you’re in search of a quiet cove with tonnes of character where you can spend the morning relaxing with your better half on the sand, or the afternoon walking hand in hand along some great coastal paths or even on bike rides, then Lake is the beach for you! Ideal for couples, this picture-perfect beach is a little harder to get to, making it quieter than other bays on the island. With its dramatic cliffs, gentle sloping sands and crystal clear waters, it’s more than worth the journey.
Best Beach for Dogs
The Isle of Wight is an extremely popular holiday destination and because of this many of the beaches don’t allow dogs during the peak summer season. For a beach that allows dogs all year round, we would suggest packing the frisbee and heading to Yaverland. This lengthy stretch of coast not only offers safe swimming waters and soft sand, but as one of the Isle of Wight’s Dinosaur beaches you’ll also be able to join one of the many guided fossil walks.
Best Beach for Water Sports
With beautiful chalk cliffs and stunning coastal views, Freshwater Bay is one of the Isle of Wight’s most picturesque beaches. Along with the wonderful scenery, the bay also has a fantastic history as smugglers once used the chalk cliff caves to stash their loot. Kayakers can explore these caves and the small bays at Freshwater Bay on a flat day, but for those more interested in hitting the waves, the beach is also great for surfing and kite surfing.
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As you can see, the Isle of Wight boasts some pretty impressive beaches but don’t forget along with this amazing coastline, there are also parks, attractions and restaurants, not to mention the culture and history of the Island! If you fancy escaping to the Isle of Wight this year then take a look at our selection of Isle of Wight cottages; full of charm, these cottages are the perfect accompaniment to your island getaway.