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Coastal Holidays in The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight really is the perfect holiday destination, with its golden sandy beaches, lots of sun, shops, bars, family attractions, extreme sports, top quality restaurants (some are award winners), seafront cafes, tea rooms and so much more.

There will be plenty of things to see and do to keep you occupied. Suitable for young and old it really is the best family holiday destination. The Isle of Wight is the largest island in England and is situated just off the South coast, and is separated from the rest of the UK by a strait called the Solent. The Isle of Wight boasts award winning beaches that are very safe and clean, and over half of the island has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Every town on the Island has so much to offer its visitors from unique shops, tea rooms, restaurants, golden beaches and more. You will be able to experience the taste of fresh seafood straight from the sea, and taste many of the Islands local produce from locally brewed beer and cider to organic fruit and vegetables to locally made ice cream and deserts.

If you're into your wildlife the Island is home to many species of wildlife including red squirrels, foxes and birds, so take your binoculars with you! The Island's resorts have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and Queen Victoria owned a house on the Isle of Wight called Osborne House and is located in East Cowes, and is now owned by English Heritage. The poet Alfred Lord Tennyson also lived on the Island.

There are lots of dinosaur fossils to be seen on the Isle of Wight along with Roman Villas, medieval castles and historic houses and dinosaur museums, which are all part of the Islands rich heritage. There are so many family attractions on the island including, Isle of Wight zoo, Butterfly and fountain world, Colemans activity and play farm, Amazon world, Flamingo park, Owl and monkey haven, Isle of Wight donkey sanctuary, Needles park, Robin hill country adventure park and gardens, Waltzing waters, Fort Victoria country park, Shanklin and Sandown golf club, Isle of Wight glass and many, many more.

There are many great towns on The Isle of Wight including:

Newport is situated in the centre of the Isle of Wight and it is the Island's main shopping area and also has art galleries and a cinema complex.

Ryde is the islands second largest town it is Victorian and has a pier and beaches, an ice rink, ten pin bowling and pitch and putt. Ryde also has a carnival every year. Appley Tower is also located in Ryde so too is Puckpool Park which s great for children and adults. Ryde has many cafes, shops, pubs and restaurants a great place to see.

Cowes is the yachting centre of the island, it is home to Dame Ellen Mc Arthur, and is well known for Cowes week which takes place in early August. You have to visit Cowes just to see all the different colours of the spinnakers and competing yachts. Cowes has lots of pubs and restaurants, narrow streets and unique shops and a marina so you can look at all the yachts and cruisers.

Yarmouth is a bustling town, with lots of yachts and boats to admire, and many shops and restaurants. A boat will take you out to sea so you can go fishing in the Solent or off the Needles. Yarmouth also has a pier which is also great for fishing off. Yarmouth is home to The Waver which is an old paddle steamer which will take you out on trips around the island so you can admire the beauty of the Isle of Wight from the sea. There are many good holiday parks in Yarmouth along with touring and campsites, guest houses and lots of hotels you really will be spoilt for choice.

Ventnor is located on the south coast of the island, and is built on steep slopes of St Boniface Down and leads to a picturesque bay. Ventnor has a sand and shingle beach, with clear waters. Ventnor has great pubs that overlook the beach, many cafes, locally caught seafood, an esplanade, a town, winter gardens, tearooms, and here you can catch a bus and take trips around the island. There are lots of hotels, guest houses, holiday parks and self catering accommodation in Ventnor.

Fantastic family seaside resort, with miles of sandy beaches, pier, amusements, fairground rides and fishing Great nightlife, pubs, shops, restaurants, cafes an 18 hole golf course and is home to the Isle of Wight zoo and Dinosaur isle.

Perfect for family holidays, safe sandy beaches, clean waters, lots of pubs and restaurants and a lift to take you to the cliff tops, great shopping facilities, top quality hotels, camp sites, bed and breakfasts and self catering.

The Isle of Wight really is a stunningly beautiful place, so come and discover it for yourself you'll be amazed at what you'll see, Queen Victoria fell in love with the place and you will too.


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