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Considered to be the most family-friendly place to stay on the Isle of Wight, Sandown is home to Dinosaur Isle and to the popular Isle of Wight Zoo. It’s also where you’ll find one of the island’s two golf courses, as well as a Blue Flag sandy beach that’s popular with surfers and with sunbathers. For an Isle of Wight holiday that is perfect for the young and young at heart, book a stay in Sandown.

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Your guide to Sandown

Sandown at a glance:
  • Considered to be the best place to stay on the Isle of Wight for families with children.
  • Home to a gorgeous Blue Flag beach.
  • A popular surfing destination.
  • Home of the Isle of Wight Zoo and other exciting attractions.
  • Visit one of the Isle of Wight’s two golf courses, perfect for those that like a challenge.

If you’re booking a family holiday on the Isle of Wight, or if you’re more interested in an action-packed experience than a calming and peaceful stay, then people that have visited the island before might point you in the direction of the coastal town of Sandown. Upon arrival you’ll quickly see why Sandown is one of the most popular destinations for holidays and short breaks, chosen for its Blue Flag beach and for the many exciting attractions that are open throughout the year.

Surfers, in particular, flock to Sandown for their holidays. The waves provide excellent conditions for beginners and more experienced surfers, as well as being safe for a spot of swimming on a warm summer day. Alternatively, keep to dry land for an afternoon of sunbathing with a nice, cold drink and an occasional ice cream.

Sandown is home to one of the two golf courses available on the island, which in total covers an area of 150 square miles. Have you got what it takes to complete the 6,044 yard course before stopping for refreshments in the on-site clubhouse? Whilst you’re showing off your skills with a golf club, other members of your travel party might enjoy a picturesque coastal walk or a visit to Dinosaur Isle, which is an exciting dinosaur attraction with animatronic figures and hundreds of dinosaur fossils.

Perhaps the most popular of all of Sandown’s attractions, the Isle of Wight Zoo provides a great day out for visitors of all ages, and is a fantastic place to spend some time with your camera at your side. There are plenty of things to do in Sandown itself, but being on a relatively small island ensures that you can just as easily travel further afield to see what else the Isle of Wight has to offer. It takes less than an hour to drive from Sandown in the east to the western coast of the island, taking in the beautiful sights or stopping to enjoy some of the other attractions that are on offer. Did you know that it takes less than half an hour to drive from Sandown to the thrilling Blackgang Chine theme park?

It’s easy to see why Sandown is favoured by the young and the young at heart, which is why your hotel accommodation needs to be somewhere that you can recharge. It’s only right that you spend some time in your Sandown hotel, enjoying the excellent food and drink, your comfortable en-suite room and the evening entertainment on offer. Best of all, there will be an opportunity to walk around beautiful four-acre gardens or to go for a swim between the months of May and September. What more could you possibly need?

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