Sandown lies on the South East coast of the island. It still retains its own Pier and Victorian charm with a lovely blue flag beach and bay that stretchers from Yaverland Beach to Shanklin Beach.
The stunning bay and warm climate mean that this is the perfect playground for those of all ages who love the outdoors. Also for the explorers, Sandown Bay is one of the richest places in Europe for Dinosaur heritage, many dinosaur bone and fossils found here are displayed in the Natural History Museum in London.
Sandown Beach currently holds a Blue Flag award. It is a pretty sparkling bay of sandy shoreline with a peppering of shingle in places. Sandown’s esplanade has traditional seaside cafes, souvenir and beach shops, whilst the pier has amusements galore. The beach has several outlets to hire deckchairs, sun loungers and windbreaks for you to set up camp on the beach.
For more extreme activities Sandown Bay offers surfing, windsurfing and sailing or you can just sit back with a glass of wine – soak up the sea air and watch the experts do it.
For those who prefer the quite life, there are beautiful beach and cliff top walks, with local places of interest including the old church at Yaverland, Brading Roman Villa, Local Vineyards and the monument at the top of Culver Down with panoramic sea and island views.
Behind the beachfront is the High Street that has a selection of arty and tourist style shops along with major supermarket chains, banks, pubs, cafes and restaurants. The Kings Bar has a lovely balcony for you to sit and while away the day looking out to sea whilst enjoying a selection of their drinks, coffees and something to nibble off of their lunch menu.
Sandown is perfect for walkers and families as there are so many attractions nearby. It is ideal for windsurfing, kite surfing, canoeing, sailing and jet skiing etc. There is a Dinosaur museum and Isle of Wight Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary.
If you fancy a round of golf, Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club is a great option and for the children a pitch and putt golf course can be found next to The Dinosaur Isle.
For the fisherman you have a choice of 10 miles of beaches along with a pier end to fish from.
There are gift shops, a couple of clothing shops, a number of eateries and 2 supermarkets along the main high street in Sandown. Bembridge and Shanklin are within a short drive with yet more attractions. Sandown Bay is a haven for walkers as there are so many different coastal walks which provide panoramic sea views. The Bandstand restaurant is a great place to enjoy a light lunch whilst watching the waves roll in or a relaxed evening meal listening to the waves lapping the shore.
Enjoy all the delights of the seaside with swimming, sunbathing, coastal walks and scenery.