On the southerly tip of the Island, the Victorian coastal town of Ventnor sits majestically in its own microclimate, surrounded by a dramatic undercliff and stunning bay with sandy beaches behind. Seafront cafés and pubs line the promenade, while plenty of bars, restaurants and boutique shops are scattered around the town centre. An absolute must visit is the Botanic Gardens, where an amazing variety of subtropical plants flourish such as Victorian palms and macrocarpa. A charming small harbour with an excellent fish market, the Ventnor Fish Haven offers five-star takeaways. Nearby, lush areas of woodland run down to the water’s edge of Monks Bay and Steephill Cove, hidden gems with rustic beachside restaurants and cafés.
One of the oldest settlements on the Island, the quiet village of Bonchurch, neighbouring Ventnor was a regular hang out for Charles Dickens and is home to Old Boniface Church built over 1000 years ago. Bonchurch nestles below the stunning St. Boniface Down, the highest point on the Island. Picture postcard perfect with quaint cottages, handsome period villas and a small selection of village shops, a local stone path leads down to the sea.
Just beyond are the coastal towns of Shanklin and Sandown, home to long stretches of beach with hidden fossils and exposed dinosaur footprints, to rugged cliff tops with exhilarating views and historical monuments and pretty villages steeped in history. The popular resort towns of Sandown, Shanklin and Lake have delighted generations of locals and visitors alike for over 150 years.