Visit Shanklin beach during your Isle of Wight caravan holidays
The fact that our holiday home is on a small island means that it should come as no surprise that there are lots of great beaches nearby. What’s more, there really is a choice for everyone, whether you enjoy lying on the sand as part of your caravan holidays, hunting for fossils, splashing about in the sea or just promenading along the water’s edge.
There are so many great beaches in our little slice of Heaven that it would be impossible to list them all, but we have plenty of ideas to get you started on your Isle of Wight holiday.
Of course, it makes the most sense to start our guide with the main beach close to our base at Lower Hyde - Shanklin Beach and esplanade.
Shanklin Beach is undoubtedly amongst the Isle of Wight’s most-loved and best-known stretches of stunning golden sand. It also has a traditional English promenade packed with everything from beach huts and cafes to arcade games and fairground rides. This is the ideal place to spend an hour - or six - whatever the weather.
The beach has traditional groynes which keep the sand in its rightful place and it is the perfect place to enjoy some ‘bucket and spade’ action. Sadly, the seafront lost its pier following the hurricane in 1987, although there is now a great vantage and sitting point where the pier entrance once stood.
A seaside haven
If you fancy a break from building sandcastles or paddleboarding in the sea, there are all sorts of traditional seaside attractions to enjoy. Try your hand at bowling or crazy golf, let the kids have a go behind the wheel of a little go-cart or in a giant ‘hamster wheel’ water walker, or take the smallest members of the family on a soft play adventure at Jungle Jim’s.
There are bouncy castles for the kids to let off some steam and plenty of arcade games to get rid of all of your spare change, as well as a host of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can get everything from ice creams to a gourmet meal.
It may be hard to tear yourself away from all that the lovely town of Shanklin and its esplanade and main beach has to offer, but when you do, you will never be disappointed by the beautiful beaches that the rest of the island has to offer.
Come back soon to learn more about some of the other must-see beaches on the Isle of Wight, none of which are more than a short drive or bus journey away. There are even some more in the Shanklin area that you’ll want to enjoy before you leave.