Places to visit on the Isle of Wight
Click thumbnails on right to expand.
Tapnell is a ten minute drive from the pretty sailing village of Yarmouth which, as well as a regular ferry, boasts an array of shops, restaurants and pubs. Also close at hand you'll find Freshwater with its supermarkets, shops and a health and sports centre. On your way to the Needles you will find the Highdown pub which serves great local food.
If it's sand,sea and surf you're after, then you could walk, cycle or drive to Compton Beach for the day. The beach is a favourite for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers and is also popular with fossil hunters - at low tide dinosaur foot prints can be seen imprinted in the rocks. Other safe, sandy beaches with great swimming locally include Colwell Bay and Totland Bay - the seafront cafe at the latter serves a great crab salad.
There's also a great range of sporting activities available; sailing, golfing, cycling, horse riding or walking the beautiful bridle paths and causeways. There are lots of activities on the Island for children (young or old!)
Whether you've earned it through exercise or just want to indulge (seeing as you're on holiday!) then the Island also offers its fair share of gastronomie. The Garlic Farm is a good place to start, with a farm shop stocked to the timbers with garlic and locally sourced produce, a restaurant with outdoor seating and farm tours.