Caravanning Holidays on the Isle of Wight

13 Mar 2012

The Isle of Wight has completely shaken it’s reputation of being a haven for retirement homes and now has a young vibrant image. Surfers are drawn to the island for the incredible waves and in the summer the Isle of Wight Festival attracts music-loving visitors from all over the world. The island has the perfect balance of beautiful well-kept beaches and green countryside and is the perfect place for spending a well-deserved break in your caravan. Here’s what Blue Trips recommends.

Getting there

Getting to the Isle of Wight with your caravan is fairly simple. You can catch the ferry from a number of locations on the South coast of England including Southampton, Gosport, Lymington, Portsmouth and Southsea. Most ferry providers charge a little extra for caravans however so it is important to check with your ferry operator when you are booking your tickets.

Touring?

If you are touring, the island has hundreds of caravan parks to cater for your needs. Grange Farm is an excellent site located on the cliffs above Brighstone beach which will indulge you with beautiful views of the sea. This is an especially good park if you have small children who will delight in meeting the farm animals especially the llamas.

Stoats Farm located in Totland on the West of the island is another excellent site for tourers and is often visited by walkers looking to explore the Tennyson Downs. There are good local pubs nearby too with plenty of real ales. Just bring a torch if you are planning a late night!

Static Caravans

The Isle of Wight is also blessed with hundreds of parks offering static caravans. The advantage of this is that you don’t need to pack much apart from your clothes. Most parks offer caravans that are fully equipped with cooking facilities, bathrooms and electricity. Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park in Wroxall, Ventnor is an outstanding and pretty caravan park that offers 40 static caravans as well as a number of lodges. The park has excellent facilities and even has WiFi so you can email your holiday pictures to family and friends. The area is extremely popular for bird watching and horse riding.

Looking for something out of the ordinary?

Never fear – there are plenty of sites you can visit where you can hire your own trailer or caravan for a break. In particular Vintage Vacations based near Newport have 9 Airstream trailers available which are kitted out with style and finesse. Along with their quirky interior the trailers are fully kitted out with kitchens, showers, CD players and even some indoor games if it rains. They even provide linen and towels.

And finally…

If you own a caravan and aren’t a member of The Caravan Club you may wish to join. The Caravan Club has a number of excellent parks on The Isle of Wight that offer reduced rates to members. In particular Southland Caravan Club Site in Newchurch can offer pitches for as little as £1 a night.

Also if you are cooking in your caravan, The Isle of Wight is famous for it’s delicious cheeses, fresh seafood and free-range meat. It’s always worth checking out the local farmer’s markets for some delicious delicacies to take back to your caravan for dinner.

Not wanting a staycation? There are plenty more options just beyond the shores of the UK. How about the upscale Lake Como at Dongo for a holiday?

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