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Sandown Beach

Sandown, Isle of Wight

One of the most popular beaches on the Isle of Wight, this is an attractive long sandy beach with amenities and the town close by. There are beach activities to suit everyone and the beach is well served by refreshment kiosks along the seafront.

Beach Type



Toilets including facilities for disabled
First aid post
Cafe/restaurant and shops


Surfing and jet skiing
There are also pedalos available for hire from the beach and a children's area
There is a carnival and a windsurfing competition at the beach in August

Nature and Wildlife

There is a walk along the seawall from Sandown to Shanklin. Several species of seabird may be seen at the beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned and there are litter bins available.


Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May to September.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre Guildhall Newport Isle of Wight PO30 1TY Tel: 01983 823366 Web:


Nearest town: Sandown
County: Isle of Wight
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6547, -1.14971
Postcode: PO36 8AE
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Sandown, Isle of Wight at Explore Britain.


From the A3055 turn onto the B3395 which passes through Sandown. There is parking at the Esplanade and from here there are steps down to the beach.

Public Transport

There is a train station in Sandown.

Nearest Railway Stations

Sandown (Less than a mile away)
Lake (About a mile away)
Brading (Approx. 2 miles away)
Shanklin (Approx. 2 miles away)
Smallbrook Junction (Approx. 4 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is parking by the beach. including spaces for disabled people. There is a charge for using the car park.

Nearby Car Parks

Station Avenue, Sandown (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
St Johns Road, Sandown (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Fort Street, Sandown (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Dinosaur Isle, Sandown (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Sandown Station, Sandown (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
The Heights, Sandown (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Isle of Wight Zoo, Sandown (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Yaverland, Sandown (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
New Road, Lake (Long stay).
About 0.9 miles away
County Ground, Shanklin (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Sandown