The Isle of Wight is a popular area for traditional family seaside holidays. The island has a slow pace of life that is an ideal environment to relax in. The largest resorts are on the East coast. These include Ryde, which has fine beaches and is home to the hovercraft link to Portsmouth.
Sandown is another popular resort to the South and also has a fine sandy beach with a traditional pier.
Shanklin is also a popular resort and it is built up around the old village that still has pretty thatched cottages and shops. Ventnor is also a popular resort and is located on the South of the Island.
Popular places to visit on the Isle of Wight include Osborne House, a stately home, which is located a few miles from Cowes and was once the summer residence of Queen Victoria. More fun for the family would be Blackgang Chine theme park on the South of the island that is built around a former chine which is a coastal ravine.
One of the most famous attractions of the Isle of Wight are the Needles which are the remnants of chalk cliffs that rise up from the sea and are found at the most westerly point. These are best seen from boat trips, but can also be seen from the park near the multi coloured cliffs of Alum Bay, which is also worth visiting.
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