With miles of open sand, Sandown Beach is gently sloping and a great favourite with families and surfers. The beach holds the Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards and is Marine Conservation Society Recommended. A whole host of activities are available, from safe bathing to surfing, wind surfing, body boarding, canoeing and kayaking, dinghy sailing and jet skiing. Pedaloes are also for hire. Access is via a slipway or steps along the esplanade that backs the beach, along which it is possible to walk to neighbouring Shanklin.