The Isle of Wight is one of the most remarkable Islands you can have your weekends on. It is situated at the Southernmost tip of Great Britain and isolated from the mainland by a stretch of ocean. You can cross, by 20-30 minutes on a Sea Car or an hour journey on a car ferry. Once you set foot on the Island, you will notice how laid back the residents are compared to Folk on the mainland! It takes some time to understand why this is? For me, I like to guess that the people are just different than the mainlanders.
It has forever been an attractive place for an upmarket but mythical seaside holiday and has several individual towns and beaches that were very famous with the Victorians. However, it is also fast becoming a must-visit address for young adventure-seekers, mostly in watersports and outdoor activities.
If you want a more sedate time, then this is where the Isle of Wight shines. You can explore Cowes for a walk along the cobbled streets similar to York on the mainland, or you could visit the beautiful town of Seaview and sit down right at the edge of the Sea wall and be blown away by the view (not literally) trust me I love the place myself.
Here are a few things to do here:
- Visit Ventnor Botanic Gardens: the South Coast of the Island has a temperate micro-climate allowing banana, palms trees, and cactus to thrive, even in private properties. It is regularly used by filmmakers and TV when locations like the South of France are needed. Much of the road network in the South pass through the lush vegetation of an area called the landslip, which offers panoramic ocean views between Niton and Ventnor.
- Shop Fossils: According to National Geographic Magazine, the Isle of Wight is the 4th best location for dinosaurs’ fossils in the world. You can book fossil walks from Dinosaur Isle Museum at Sandown or the Fossil Shop at Blackgang Chine. Stroll from Freshwater Bay to the Needles Battery over Tennyson Down. You can enjoy wonderful views over the west Wight and western Solent on the way.
- World’s Best Seaside Stroll: In 2007 CE, Blue Flag status was presented to the beaches at Sandown, Ryde East, and Shanklin for achieving the greatest quality in water, safety, facilities, environmental management, and education. Some 13 other Isle of Wight beaches were presented with Seaside Awards for above-average water quality. ENCAMS environmental charity suggests the best 73 beaches in England, of which 11 are in the Isle of Wight. It is perhaps the best seaside stroll destination in Europe at least.
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