Compton Bay is a sandy beach on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight. The northern edge of the bay is bordered by Freshwater Cliff, a striking chalk cliff. To the east, colourful cretaceous rocks form a beautiful backdrop to the bay.
The beach is a popular tourist spot for a number of reasons; the first is the excellent surf. A choice of rocky reef break or sandbar break and almost consistent waves ensures Compton Bay is popular with surfers of all abilities. The water is also ideal for kite surfing, swimming and other non-motorised water sports.
Compton Bay’s second appealing feature is its rich geological history, dating back to the age of the dinosaurs. Fossil hunters may make an exciting discovery and at low tide everyone can see the magnificent dinosaur prints in the rocks.