Compton Beach


Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight has been named as one of the world’s top beaches by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.


Listed in the latest issue (April 2015) of this highly respected travel magazine, Compton Bay is included in the “top 50 best beaches in the world” alongside the likes of Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Waikiiki in Honolulu and Bondi in Sydney.


Located in West Wight, Compton offers a two mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas, tumbling multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater in the distance.   Popular with surfers and fossil hunters, Compton is ideal for games and sandcastle making. 


In September last year, Compton Bay was named as one of the best beaches in the UK by travel experts, Rough Guides.  The leading publisher of travel guides and travel content, the Rough Guides editorial team chose Compton as the “much-loved haunt of the Isle of Wight’s surf (kite and board) dudes and the place “where the Tennyson Trail laces its way along the coastline”.  Compton was also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters in 2012.


Following these accolades, the writer of the Sunday Times feature, journalist Emma Broomfield, contacted Visit Isle of Wight’s press officer, Sue Emmerson, for more information. 


Sue said: “When Emma contacted me earlier this year, she wanted ‘insider tips’ that she could use in the piece to entice readers.


“I am therefore delighted that she has used the content I supplied – not only the activities that can be enjoyed at Compton like searching for dinosaur footprints and surfing, but also information about the 22km Tennyson Trail from Carisbrooke Castle to The Needles, and our free downloadable Dinosaur Island app which allows visitors to take pictures of family and friends walking alongside the dinosaurs that roamed the Isle of Wight 130 million years ago.”


For more information about the feature, go to:




For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail:


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Image of Compton Bay attached, please credit


Attached is a pdf of the 50 best beaches in the world feature which is in the latest issue of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. You can find Compton amongst them on the 7th spread.


Compton was recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters in 2012 and was named as one of the UK’s top beaches by travel experts Rough Guides. In 2014. Read more:


The Isle of Wight’s ‘dinosaur coast’ stretches from Yaverland in the East to Compton Bay and beyond in the West and since 2013 has been marked with a series of interactive meteorite exhibits.  Simply download an App for your smartphone or tablet and see dinosaurs in the present day environment with this brilliant augmented reality experience.