Best Swimming Beaches

“You are never far from the sea on the Isle of Wight”

there are some brilliant locations to enjoy a swim. It’s hard to narrow down three because you only need to find a deserted stretch of coastline at sunset to dip your toes and you’ll be in heaven. There are restrictions in place on the Isle of Wight’s main resort beaches between 1st May and 30th September which prevents dogs being allowed to use them. However outside of this season dogs are welcomed as with any of the other beaches.

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Appley Beach, Ryde

Ryde promenade stretches from the hovercraft terminal eastwards as far as Seaview. The pleasure beach stretching down past Appley past and then on to Puckpool. The fine sandy beaches have numerous entrance points from the promenade and deckchairs, sun loungers, windbreaks and other items can be hired on the beach. Watersports are popular towards the eastern end, especially kitesurfing.

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Freshwater Bay

Only a few minutes from Tapnell Farm, this bay has it all — cliffs, a long beach, shelter from the wind and a great swimming depth. Please be wary taking children to this beach as there can be a sudden dip followed by strong tides. Keep an eye out for the Wightwood pizza van where you can buy delicious, hand made pizzas to regain energy after a paddle, every nice Friday 5.30 – 7.30 throughout the summer!

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Colwell and Totland Bays

Again, you can reach Colwell and Totland Bays in a matter of minutes from Tapnell Farm and once there you will find a charming seafront that merges with a shallow expanse of water stretching far out into the ocean. It’s possible to paddle out hundreds of meters and still be able to stand in the shallow waters. Head to The Hut afterwards for a glass of rosé, burger or sea food platter!

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Compton Bay

One of the island’s best kept secrets, Compton Bay is a two mile stretch of golden and dark sands framed by multi-coloured sandstone cliffs. If sand is not your thing, then you can relax on the grassy knolls overlooking the beach or climb on a board and surf some waves. Only a short drive from Tapnell.