Shanklin Beach

The coastal popular resort of Shanklin is located in the south-east corner of the island, at the southernmost tip of Sandown Bay. Golden sands are protected by a high sea wall with a traditional paved promenade creating the vision of a traditional English seaside. The pier was lost in a storm in 1987 and the location is now marked with a park area with benches.

The beach itself is safe and sandy, with clear water and plenty of parking nearby. Protection from the prevailing winds is provided by the headland of Dunnose Point.

There’s a slipway down to the beach and a garden with food kiosk. You can also reach the beach on foot by walking down the traffic-free road (The Chine) from Shanklin Old Village, but it’s quite steep.

Lining the beach is an Esplanade with cafés, beach shops and traditional beach huts. Activities include crazy golf, go-carts, bowling and an amusement arcade providing something for all seasons. The south end of the beach is overlooked by small hotels, pubs and restaurants.

Heading further south towards Shanklin Chine the cliffs rise up over the beach. At low tide, you can walk from here around the headland to Luccombe Beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned between May and September; dog bins are provided at other times.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



PO37 6BW

OS grid ref.

SZ 5860 8104


312 car parking spaces are available (including disabled spaces) for a charge.

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Shanklin Beach Reviews

Jun 15th 2021

The least frequented part is in the south ie Luccombe direction. Depending on state of tide one can always find a secluded patch. At HW ‘through traffic’ is prevented & at LW everyone paddles along the water edge. Beach shelves very gently so very safe bathing. Beach shoes advised as rocks & pebbles abound.
Best time is morning when the sun bounces off the cliffs. If the tide is incoming over the sand so much the better. The current Appley steps closure means a few more minutes walk but not that much of an issue


Sep 23rd 2020

Nice clean and sandy beach

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