Okay, so you all saw Part 1, now here is Part 2 of my journey across the Isle of Wight.
Last time, I showed you guys East Cowes and Godshill; this time I’m showing you the seaside village called Sandown, the natural wonder called The Needles and the historic town of Yarmouth. All of them were incredible and offer something completely different to tourists. Let’s take a look…
Sandown is located on the southern side of the island, while The Needles are out to the west where Yarmouth neighbors it.
Sandown is a hot vacation spot for the summer time. Situated right on the water, the town boasts a boardwalk (although its cement) that stretches along the shore.
Directly on the boardwalk lie a couple different ice cream shops, seafood huts and sit-down restaurants. There’s even an arcade/casino. Great for some seaside entertainment.
Behind the boardwalk and a little farther from the water lie more restaurants and shops.
Locals tend to complain that Sandown needs a facelift, as the money the town brings in doesn’t go directly back to it. After looking around at all the buildings, I tend to agree with them; this town could use a little touch-up. I would compare it to Ocean City in Maryland as opposed to Cape Cod and Rockport Massachusetts.
Obviously, my friend and I were on the hunt for a good pub and believe me, we found one: Bellamy’s Bistro.
I ordered the chicken and mushroom pie with a side of fries, and the warm pie served with the thick chips and ketchup didn’t disappoint. I would definitely go back here.
Wikipedia describes The Needles as “is a row of three distinctive stackes of chalk that rise out of the sea.” Couldn’t say it better myself.
The Needles is actually home to a little theme park, all based around this natural wonder. In the “theme park” there is a cafe, a restaurant, a gift shop, a sweet shop with everything made on site (and it was delicious), rides and–the big attraction–a chair lift that gives you a view of The Needles.
If checking out these “stacks of chalk” isn’t cool enough, the area is enveloped in beautiful bluffs that cut neatly down into the sand. One can only imagine how old those things are, especially since this island is known for the amount of fossils collected on its shores.
Shanklin, located north of Sandown, is your cornerstone, little English village filled with thatched roofs, cafes and history.
Yarmouth is another seaside town on the island, but this one is home to the Yarmouth Castle, which was used by none other than Henry VIII.
English Heritage calls this castle “the last and most sophisticated addition” to Henry VIII’s coastal defense. It also happens to double as a prime picnic spot…
Again, this town had no shortage of gift shops, cafes, pubs and churches. In fact, one church in the town dated back to 1614.
Who knew an island this small and quaint could be so interesting? I truly had a magical weekend on the Isle of Wight and recommend you go if you ever get the chance.