The Isle of Wight is home to beautiful beaches, welcoming towns and plenty of watersport opportunities. Famous of its sailing, you can also enjoy a wealth of other watersports, as well as walking, cycling and even horse riding. However, if you prefer a more relaxing holiday, there is still plenty for you here. From top attractions to a mouth-watering array of places to eat, there is something for everyone. If you can’t quite decide where to stay we have found the best towns to stay on the Isle of Wight.
Cowes is a vibrant town with easy ferry connections to the mainland. It is famous for its sailing and is awash with activity during Cowes Week. This is the biggest and longest standing sailing regatta in the world. Sailing aside you will also find beaches, cafes, and plenty of shopping.
Freshwater is a great spot for a relaxing holiday. The nearby Freshwater Bay beach is perfect for sunny days, well suited for a picnic, dip in the sea or even some rockpooling. This town is also close to the iconic The Needles; take a ride on the chair lift for some excellent views.
This town was famous with the Victorians as an ideal holiday destination. They were on to something; Ventnor is a sun-trap and has its own micro-climate. There is plenty to enjoy here, from the traditional arcade on the promenade to the sub-tropical Botanic Gardens. There’s also a great beach and plenty of fresh seafood.
Found on the east coast of the island, Bembridge is a lovely place to stay. It has three beaches, a harbour, and plenty of independent shops and places to eat. Bembridge is also a great spot for sailing and nature lovers can enjoy walks and wildlife spotting at the nearby Culver Down. There is plenty to see and do here.
Ryde is easy to get to by ferry from the mainland and is a family-friendly town for a holiday. From sandy beaches to LaserQuest there is something to keep your group happy, no matter the weather. There are some great picnic spots and even a canoeing lake with a splash park and paddling pool. Events are held here throughout the year, so be sure to check what’s on.