Located below the Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Mount Bay is a small, undeveloped shingle beach where you and your dog can roam to your heart's content. When you have thoroughly explored the beach, you might also enjoy the meandering trails of the Botanical Gardens and some refreshments at their dog-friendly cafe.
Bembridge Beach is another firm favourite with dogs and the people who love them. This beautiful pebble beach features many rock pools, which your four-legged friend will enjoy exploring and splashing in. Other nearby attractions include the picturesque village of Bembridge and its iconic pier and lifeboat station.
If you and your dog are adventurous types, Rocken End Beach is a remote and somewhat wild expanse of ocean and sand situated in the far south of the Isle of Wight. Although it can be a bit of a scramble to reach the beach, active visitors will enjoy the challenge, as well as the opportunity to escape from the crowds of other holiday-makers. It is not unusual for this dramatically beautiful beach to be almost deserted.
Consisting of soft sand and shingle, Shepherd's Chine Beach is dog-friendly, and a popular stopping point for walkers on the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. Once you've splashed and played in the ocean, you and your dog may also enjoy exploring some of the coastal path and the beautiful views that it provides.
Another local secret is Monks Bay, a former smugglers' cove, situated close to the historic village of Bonchurch, just a kilometre east of Ventnor. Featuring a combination of sand and shingles, the beach is a lovely spot to wander with your pet. Its highlights include the beautiful natural scenery and views over the English Channel. If you still have energy to burn after playing on the beach, you might also enjoy the nearby Bonchurch Walk, which passes many of the village's historic buildings and other places of interest.