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Home to such a wealth of natural beauty, open countryside and picturesque beaches, the Isle of Wight is all about the great outdoors. One of the most popular holiday destinations in the country, the island is a hotspot for adventure sports. Of course, all travellers want their accommodation to match their itinerary. Thankfully, there are plenty of adventure sport hotels on the Isle of Wight.
With so much stunning coastline and the protected Solent just to the north, it's easy to see why the Isle of Wight is popular with sailors. From dinghy racing off Cowes to round-the-island yacht sprints, there's plenty of reason to head to the Isle of Wight on a sailing holiday.
Cowes is undoubtedly the centre of the action when it comes to sailing. Home of the famous Cowes Week, the town is well equipped to deal with sailors of all kinds. The ample pontoon space provides fuelling and water for visiting boats. Those arriving on foot can either charter their own boat or head out with a qualified professional from the quay. Of course, there are plenty of guesthouses within easy walking distance of the Solent and the River Medina.
Looking out to the English Channel, there are a handful of beaches on the south coast of the island which are ripe for catching the odd wave. Freshwater Bay is a well-known spot, and it's also got some excellent accommodation options for beach lovers, whether you're riding a 'stick' or just want to chill out by the sea. Further to the west, in the Victorian seaside resort of Ventnor, there are plenty of breaks to visit too.
At roughly 25 miles by 13 miles, the Isle of Wight is the ideal size for a cycling holiday. Heading out from the ferry port at Ryde, cyclists can easily find their way to the Needles in a day or two, staying in the plethora of bed and breakfasts and guesthouses on the way. While it's tempting to maximise your time on the coast - and there is a coastal road almost all the way around the island - some of the best scenery is actually inland, so it's well worth taking the occasional detour.