Compton Bay named as one of the world’s best beaches

Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight has been named as one of the world’s top beaches by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Compton Beach

This in from Visit Isle of Wight. Ed

Listed in the latest issue (April 2015) of this highly respected travel magazine, Compton Bay is included in the “top 50 best beaches in the world” alongside the likes of Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Waikiiki in Honolulu and Bondi in Sydney.

Located in West Wight, Compton offers a two mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas, tumbling multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater in the distance. Popular with surfers and fossil hunters, Compton is ideal for games and sandcastle making.

Rough Guide accolade
In September last year, Compton Bay was named as one of the best beaches in the UK by travel experts, Rough Guides.

The leading publisher of travel guides and travel content, the Rough Guides editorial team chose Compton as the “much-loved haunt of the Isle of Wight’s surf (kite and board) dudes and the place “where the Tennyson Trail laces its way along the coastline”.

Compton was also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters in 2012.

Following these accolades, the writer of the Sunday Times feature, journalist Emma Broomfield, contacted Visit Isle of Wight’s press officer, Sue Emmerson, for more information.

Sue said:

“When Emma contacted me earlier this year, she wanted ‘insider tips’ that she could use in the piece to entice readers.

“I am therefore delighted that she has used the content I supplied – not only the activities that can be enjoyed at Compton like searching for dinosaur footprints and surfing, but also information about the 22km Tennyson Trail from Carisbrooke Castle to The Needles, and our free downloadable Dinosaur Island app which allows visitors to take pictures of family and friends walking alongside the dinosaurs that roamed the Isle of Wight 130 million years ago.”

Visit the Sunday Times Website for more information about the feature.

Image: © With kind permission of Visit Isle of Wight

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 4:00pm



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Oi! Don’t tell everybody about my beach or the world and his wife will be there and spoil everything. However most tourists are too lazy to walk down to the staircase end, thank goodness.


true, one had to walk for some time to Es Vedra beach on Ibiza, now a highway leads you there….


Another good reason to Save the Wight Coast, check it out on Facebook!