13 Mar

Enjoy a great British staycation on the Isle of Wight

Whether you want to recharge your batteries or enjoy a family holiday, the Isle of Wight is the place to do it. This beautiful island, just off the coast of Hampshire, is easy to get to and impossible to forget. No wonder it was a favourite of Queen Victoria and her family - and you can even visit Osborne House to see how they enjoyed their holidays over a hundred years ago.

It s difficult to choose the best things to see on your Isle of Wight caravan holidays because there s so much choice. But whether you fancy a quick break or two weeks  of staycation bliss - or even a day away from the famous festival - here are the top 5 must see attractions in the Isle of Wight.

The breathtaking beaches

Who needs to go abroad when there are astonishing beaches to be found all around the Isle of Wight coastline? From the unspoilt and romantic idyll of tiny Steephill Cove, which can only be reached on foot, to the huge expanse of golden sand at Sandown, there s a beach for everyone. Even the family pet won t miss out, with several beaches accessible to dogs, including lovely and peaceful St Helen s beach, with its sand dunes, swimming and promenade just made for walkies.

Don t miss Blackgang Chine

Ideal for kids - or the young at heart - this is the UK s oldest theme park and dates back to 1843. The first exhibit was a whale skeleton that washed up on the beach a year after the park opened and it s still on display today. Now there are animatronic dinosaurs and an underwater kingdom, but the original fantasy worlds remain and it s a great place to let young imaginations run free for the day.

The round island route

If your idea of relaxation is to wriggle into some lycra and go for a run or bike ride, then the 66 mile coastal path is one of the best places in the world for some outdoor action. Passing through several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - over half the island carries this designation - and some heart-stopping scenery, this route takes you through some of the most spectacular places on the island, including Freshwater, the site of the annual festival, and Tennyson Down, with its extraordinary views. Try the Isle of Wight Challenge to complete the whole circuit.

Don t miss the Regatta

Cowes has a laid back holiday vibe all year round and is the epicentre of all things yacht-related on the island. The Round Island race in early summer and then Cowes week in August are the times to visit and pretend you re one of the rich and famous - striped Breton jersey and a year round tan are obligatory!

Spot a red squirrel

These beautiful creatures have long been endangered on the UK mainland, but in the Isle of Wight, they re thriving - Robin Hill and Shankland Chine are great places to go squirrel spotting!

Want to spend some time on this island paradise? Our holiday home is a great base to get out and see everything the Isle of Wight has to offer, so get in touch for more details on availability for this year call us on 07866 746899.

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