- Sandown Beach is in the centre of Sandown Bay in the Isle of Wight.
- Relax in one of the sunniest parts of the UK on beautiful golden beaches.
- Play on the pier, whether you'd rather play on the dodgems, or get in a game of bowling.
- Explore local shops for beach equipment, jewellery, fossils and more.
Sandown Beach, in the centre of Sandown Bay, is one of the award-winning Isle of Wight beaches. This sandy beach is one of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight, especially for families. With consistently sunny weather, the Water Quality and Quality Coast Award, the Blue Flag, and plenty of shops behind the Sandown seafront, you'll have everything you need just a short walk away. Because of its award-winning status, it can be a busy beach, so be prepared to have to hunt for a spot, but even a walk down the promenade with beautiful sea views is a brilliant day. It's also only half an hour from Blackgang Chine; so you can have a great two in one day. If you enjoy The Needles Park, you'll love Sandown Beach.
With golden sands, Sandown Beach is a quintessential English beach, great for surfers, tourists and families. There are places to hire deckchairs, sun loungers, and windbreakers, all helping you to spend a day relaxing in the sand and the sun. If your kids would like to do something more active, there are trampolines and bouncy castles. There are also places to hire canoes and pedalos if you'd like a quick ride down the sandy coast. The seafront is just west of the pier and runs eight and a half miles down the coast of the Isle of Wight.
Sandown Pier is the start of one of the Isle of Wight’s best beaches and is, therefore, a great place to spend the day if you don't feel like sunbathing. The pier has The Lost World Adventure Golf, crazy golf through Aztec ruins. There's also Sandown Pier Superbowl, for some classic ten pin bowling. If the weather isn't as nice as usual, the Magic Island soft play area is available. With ball pits, slides, a swing slide and more, your kids are sure to have a brilliant day inside. Also at the pier is arcade machines, and rides like dodgems and teacups to play on. There's also places to eat and drink if you don't fancy anywhere on the Sandown Bay front. Underneath the pier live several fish and crabs, so if you want to go sea fishing, you should get some great catches.
Looking for something to eat while you're at the beach? The Sun Dial Café is near the Eastern Gardens and serves a variety of food for all tastes. With outdoor seating, you'll still get the beautiful views of the bay while you have your meal. Horizons is a café and shop, selling tasty food as well as toys for the beach like buckets and spades as well as beach balls. There's also Ocean Deck, Reef, Davilles and Ruby's, all of which have delicious food whether you're looking for a light lunch or a three-course Isle of Wight meal.
Want to do some shopping? Down the Sandown Beach promenade are shops selling a variety of different merchandise. If you're interested in Isle of Wight crystals, The Holistic Emporium sells hundreds, or you could pop to Kaleidoscope who sell fossils sourced from Yaverland Beach. Sandown Bay Gifts is great for a souvenir of a day at the sandy bay. Sandown Jewellers sell beautiful jewellery. The Rock Shop sells sweet gifts with some Isle of Wight rock to take home after your day. There are several other shops to explore, including more well-known chains; the bay is a great place for a shopping trip.
Sandown Carnival happens along the beach in August every year, with parades going down the promenade. Spot a variety of beloved characters as you relax on the beach, or get involved and have fun with the number of activities that go on. The carnival also organises New Year fireworks on the beach, as well as treasure hunts, quiz nights and more throughout the year. It's one of the best things to see when visiting the Isle of Wight, and as Sandown Bay is so accessible, it's a brilliant time out with the family.
If you're interested in getting away from the beaches for a bit and exploring Sandown Town, there is lots to see. With a zoo, dinosaur museum, and plenty of accommodation options, it's a great place to stay and explore. There are hotels, BnBs, guesthouses, campsites and more available to stay in. Lake and Shanklin are also both close by, so if you're looking to stay somewhere else, the option is available. The Trouville Hotel is a stone's throw from the beach; so you can start your day at the bay nice and early. The Burlington Hotel is a little further away but is surrounded by beautiful greenery; perfect for views. The Wight has an indoor pool, so if the sea is cold, you can still get your swimming action. The Royal Pier Hotel is close to the Sandown Pier, so if you want to start your day on the arcade machines, you're nice and close.
What to know before you go
- Sandown Beach is open all year.
- Sandown Beach is accessible by steps or a slipway for visitors with access needs.
- There are two public toilets, one near the Eastern Garden and opposite the Pier. Accessible public toilets are available at both.
- Baby changing is available nearby.
- Dogs are allowed on the beach at specific times and in certain areas, always check before you go.
- Sandown Beach is on Culver Parade in Sandown, Isle of Wight.
- By train, the Island Line Train line that runs from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin and back is 15 minutes uphill from Sandown Beach.
- By bus, Southern Vectis buses that run to Sandown are the 2, 3 and 8.
- For parking in Sandown, there is some public parking near Sandown Beach.