07 Apr

5 great reasons why you should choose the Isle of Wight this summer

If you can t find the dream destination for your next summer holiday, the answer might be closer than you think. The Isle of Wight might be just a 45 minute ferry trip away, but it really is the ideal summer destination, with its idyllic beaches and family friendly attractions.

Still need a good reason to visit this summer? Here are five of them!

Instagram heaven

If you dream of uploading the best holiday pics to social media, head for Compton Bay. Named as one of the top 8 beaches in the world, this totally natural, two mile stretch of golden sandy beach is Instagram heaven, with breathtaking views over the ocean. For the full English seaside vibe, the promenade at Shanklin is hard to beat, while the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay are world famous. Ringed with stunning beaches, everywhere you go is highly Instagrammable.

Be a daredevil

If beaches and breathtaking scenery aren t your thing, or you like to see them from a different angle, try looking at the island from the canopy of a 70 foot oak tree. You can also try your hand at coasteering, where you get to traverse the incredible coastline by climbing, cliff jumping and swimming. And if the weather s against you, why not try your hand at a climbing wall or indoor bouldering?

Foodie paradise

Did you know the Isle of Wight hosts an annual garlic festival? In fact, the fertile soils and mild climate are ideal for growing a range of top rate produce and there are some talented chefs on the island, creating a proper foodie scene. Head for picturesque Steephill Cove to enjoy crab pasties, freshly caught seafood and homemade cake and ice cream with an incredible view, or push the boat out and visit the Hambrough in Ventnor for everything from high tea to superb modern European cuisine.

Walking with dinosaurs

There may only be a tiny chance of unearthing an undiscovered dinosaur fossil, but you can walk in the footsteps of these extinct creatures all over the Isle of Wight - that s why it s known as the UK s dinosaur capital. There are Iguanodon prints embedded in the stones at Brook and Compton beaches and the Dinosaur Isle museum runs regular guided walking tours to help you find your own fossils to take home. And if you want to get up close and personal with prehistoric dinosaurs, try Restricted Area 5 at Blackgang Chine, with its incredible animatronic models.

Family friendly

If you re looking for an idyllic family holiday, there s no better place to stay than the Isle of Wight. Packed with family attractions like the much loved Blackgang Chine, the oldest theme park in the UK, this beautiful island is ringed with fantastic beaches and peppered with everything from ice cream parlours to cocktail bars. There s a thriving alternative arts scene and the famous music festival, while children will love the experience of running free in the unspoiled countryside. Caravan holidays in Shanklin are an affordable way to enjoy a little slice of heaven in this traditional seaside resort, so contact us for availability and enjoy your best summer on the Isle of Wight!

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