Yaverland Beach (Sandown)
Located between Sandown and the cliffs of Culver Down, Yaverland is thought by many to be one of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight. The trick is to get here at low tide - at high tide there is only a relatively small section of sandy beach backed by sea-defences and an esplanade.
When the tide is out an enormous stretch of flat sand is exposed, leading to a section backed by sandy-hued cliffs. The beach has spectacular views across to the white chalk cliffs of Culver Down, jutting out into the English Channel.
Thrill-seekers are well catered for here. The Yaverland Sailing and Yacht Club has its home here, and the beach is used for jet-skiing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and other watersports. The beach is also popular with families, being quieter than most of the beaches between Sandown and Shanklin. The swimming areas of the beach are sectioned off from the watersport areas, although there is no lifeguard.
The cliffs along this stretch of the coast contain numerous fossils and there is a dinosaur museum - “Dino Isle”. Not far from the beach they run regular organised fossil-hunting trips. Visitors walking near the cliffs need to exercise caution because of the risks posed by falling rocks, and the possibility of incoming tides. (Take note of the safety signage)
The car park adjacent to the beach has parking spaces for 121 cars as well as having 6 disabled parking spaces. The toilet block here is eco-friendly, being powered by solar panels and wind turbines. There is also a beach shop and café here with outdoor seating.
Access to the beach is via a slipway next to the sailing club.
During the summer season, litter is collected daily from this beach. At some times of year a large amount of seaweed washes up here, although this is removed and used by local farmers as a fertiliser.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are allowed on the beach between the sailing club and Culver Down head. On the rest of the beach dogs are not permitted from 1 May to 30 September. This does not include registered assistance dogs.
- Water skiing
OS grid ref.
SZ 6126 8501
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Yaverland Beach (Sandown) Reviews
Far end for an all over tan
John VincentNov 09th 2020
It’s about 1 mile from the car park to the far end of the beach, beyond the red cliffs. This section is naturist friendly, although unofficial. On a warm weekend, you’ll find quite a few who enjoy getting an overall tan and swimming in the buff. Dog walkers pass by regularly but it’s all non judgemental and they turn a blind eye. Walking to and from this section of the beach should be at low or half tide. The red cliffs have regular rock falls and at high tide, the beach is cut off for a few hours - which at least gives the nudists a bit more privacy!
SheilaJun 19th 2022
Yaverland is, in my opinion, the best beach on the Island with a huge expanse of sand and safe swimming. There is a large car park (but you must buy a ticket), clean public toilets and an excellent café and shop with outdoor seating. Also nearby is the Wildheart Wildlife Sanctuary as well as Dinosaur Isle which organises fossil walks along this beach. The views of Culver Down to the east and Shanklin Bay to the west are also splendid .
John WalkerAug 14th 2020
The far end of Yaverland beach has been an unofficial naturist beach for many decades. On a hot day, there may be 20 or so folk sun bathing in the buff or taking a skinny dip. Locals turn a blind eye and it’s very non judgemental. At high tide, the far end gets cut off for around three hours, making it even more private, although shingle is the only option. Care should be taken by the red cliffs, which need to be given a wide berth as rock falls are a regular occurrence.
Good naturist beach
AnonAug 28th 2022
A good beach comprising sand and pebble at the far end of Yaverland Beach towards the white cliffs. Some locals know this is a naturist beach although visitors with their dogs tend not to know. Some fossil hunters come along from time to time. I would say the users of the beach respect each others space. Do be careful of the ‘Redcliff’ as you approach the naturist area. There are numerous falls of material and sometimes people risk it by sitting or laying directly under the cliff itself.