Isle of Wight beaches currently feature 13 award-winning beaches, three of them Blue Flag winners. The Blue Flag is only awarded to coastal locations that have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education
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and management. It is a prestigious, international award scheme, which acts as a guarantee to tourists that a beach or marina they are visiting is one of the best in the world. Many Isle of Wight beaches are close to superb cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as the wonderful visitor attractions. During the summer months, most of the beaches are cleared of litter on a daily basis and large amounts of seaweed is removed and used as compost by local farmers. Also, do not forget that safety is always a priority when entering the sea and never go into the water, or swim when there are red flags flying.
Below are the 13 award-winning Isle of Wight beaches.
The pebble beach is located to the west of Cowes town centre and is perfect for swimming and watching the sailing activities on the Solent.
This is a small sandy beach situated on the west coast of the Island. It is an unspoilt beach which is popular with locals and holidaymakers.
The sea-front facilities on offer here include a promenade and children’s play area.
A very pleasant sand and shingle beach with pretty beach huts along the sea-front. Windsurfing is a very popular activity here, as well as dinghy sailing.
Ryde (BLUE FLAG WINNER)
A glorious six mile sandy beach is found at Ryde. This is one of the most popular resorts on the Isle of Wight, with loads to see and do nearby.
Sandown (BLUE FLAG WINNER)
This is probably the most popular beach on the Island and rightly so, with the superb golden sand, pretty beach huts and fun-filled pier. It is also a popular destination for water sports.
A more relaxed feel is experienced here on this sandy beach between Seaview and St Helens. It is ideal for a peaceful day out for the all the family.
Shanklin (BLUE FLAG WINNER)
Another excellent sandy beach can be found at Shanklin, with lots of nearby attractions, such as Shanklin Chine. There is also the wonderful Old Town situated at the top of the cliff.
Springvale is a long stretch of coastline featuring a sand and pebble beach. It is in a quiet location and perfect for safe swimming.
A superb beach for swimming set in a tranquil location. There is a great variety of birds and wildlife to watch, as well as fantastic views of the harbour at Bembridge.
This wonderful sandy beach is situated on the west side of the Isle of Wight. The sea front is perfect for a quiet relaxing day out and you can take an enjoyable walk along the promenade to Colwell Bay.
The mainly sandy beach at Ventnor is sheltered by high cliffs, which provide a wonderful sheltered seaside location. Due to hidden rocks and a strong tide, water sports are not recommended.
This sandy beach, close to Sandown, is a well-frequented spot for windsurfing and other water sports. With the Isle of Wight Zoo nearby, it is a popular choice for families.
About The Author: Martin Ager
Isle of Wight tourist guide caters for all the tourist needs on the Isle of Wight. It is an extensive guide for all tourism and leisure activities. Martin Ager is the author, please see www.isleofwighttouristguide.com