Totland Bay is a pretty beach with panoramic views over to the mainland and a reputation as a popular spot for a swim. With a Seaside Award to its name, this West Wight bay consists of a sand and shingle beach, and if you visit during the summer we’d recommend parking at the top of the main road and walking down as the spaces closer to the water vanish pretty quickly.
If you fancy a stroll along the seafront you’ll find a friendly pub at the eastern end, and if you sit in the right spot you can enjoy views out to sea through the picture windows. The traditional pier is currently being redeveloped after falling into disrepair, but it still gives Totland the appearance of a traditional English seaside resort. Beach huts line the beach, cyclists scoot their way up and down the promenade (despite them being technically banned) and the clear waters lap the shore.
On summer’s days boats moor in the bay so that their passengers can take advantage of the clear water and enjoy a spot of bathing, so this is a laidback corner of the coastline ideal for those with young families. There’s no lifeguard service at Totland Bay.