Yaverland Beach (Sandown)
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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?
Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
OS grid ref.
SZ 6120 8484