Sandown Bay Holiday Centre, Yaverland

Yaverland – this magnificent bay is characterised by the craggy cliffs and clean, crisp waters. Quieter than the other beaches between Sandown and Shanklin, Yaverland offers safe swimming and fossil hunting by the cliffs.

There is the Isle of Wight Zoo. and the Dinosaur Isle museum just a short stroll away, plus a sailing club, and a variety of water sports.

Yaverland is within the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Sandown Bay encompasses a wide variety of important marine habitats and coastal features and is designated as part of the South Wight Maritime Special Area of Conservation. It has particular geological interest to the north and the cliffs around the Bay are designated as a Site of importance for Nature Conservation for their plans, mosses and liverworts and interesting geological features.

Sandown Beach is one of the Isle of Wight’s finest and most recognised beaches, with miles of soft golden sands crowned by Sandown’s pleasure pier. Popular with tourists and surfers, Sandown is a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ holiday beach with all that you expect from an English family seaside town.

Sandown’s esplanade has traditional seaside cafés, souvenir and beach shops, whilst the pier has amusements galore, including a crazy golf course.

The beach has several outlets to hire deck chairs, sun loungers and windbreaks, as well as daily or weekly hire of beach huts. There are various cafés offering takeaway food, drink and ice creams for picnics on the beach.

The main seafront has plenty of parking, traditional hotels – some with palm-filled gardens, others with decking and terraces and wonderful views of the beach. Running parallel behind the beachfront is the High Street that has a selection of arty and tourist style shops along with supermarkets, pubs, cafes, restaurants, takeaways and cash machines.