Ventnor headland - looking beyond The Spyglass Inn
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Ventnor has its own microclimate and can be extremely hot here, it also boasts record hours of sunshine throughout the year.

The Victorian town of Ventnor is located on the South coast of the Isle of Wight and is one of the oldest seaside resorts on the Island. It has a smaller beach than it's neighbours Shanklin and Sandown and is popular for bathing and swimming whilst being quieter than it's larger neighbours.

Near the esplanade is an amusement arcade some nice cafe's, gift shops - one containing a small museum, three pubs which serve food all close to the beach and some Hotels. More public houses, gift shops and restaurants and a large car park can be found in the town itself which is high above these pictures, the road in and out of the esplanade is extremely steep and twisting so beware!

Personally we prefer the Esplanade area and outer Ventnor which includes many Victorian houses and Hotels rather than the town. There is a Tourist Information Centre in the town. There is also a nice coastal walk along the headland to the neighbouring Steephill Cove - its not too long either.

In 1813 the following was written about Ventnor - "The most picturesque spot along the coast; the smallest of small villages, consisting of a group of low thatched huts along the shore, and an old mill perched on a crag high above the beach on which the stream which turned it dashed in a picturesque cascade towards the sea."

Ventnor beach from above The Spyglass Inn

Ventnor has a medium sized beach which is popular with visitors, it is featured and personally recommended in the Beaches guide. Proud of its EnCams Blue Flag status again in 2009/2010.

Ventnor beach

View of half the beach and the famous Spyglass Inn in the distance which is very popular with visitors.