There are lots of cities with beautiful beaches, quite some other places with landscaped mountain cliffs, and some other places beautiful calm country sides. But it is rare that we get to see all of them together at one place. That is Isle of Wight located in the south western part of UK, near to the cities Southampton and Portsmouth.
Island residents are most the elderly and except for 2 or 3 big employers most of the other residents here are in the tourism and allied industries. Given the tranquil nature of this place, it is mostly the families with kids who come to this place. This island is also a favorite for sailors who come in droves from all over UK to spread out their sails. Unfortunately, island does not seem to offer much for the party and mall seekers. There are some shops and pubs but nothing like those in the other cities of UK.
Within the island, east and west Cowes is for the sailors since this is place where all the yachts and boats are anchored. On the other side are the downs of Ventnor, Sandtown and Shanklin which have some beautiful beaches and some great views across too. Needles point offers some excellent views and the cable car to go down the cliff is wroth taking.
For those who are interested in walking, there are excellent pathways for both walkers and cyclists all across the island. Walking I guess is the best way to digest the beauty of the whole island. Some of the paths are adjacent to steep cliffs which adds to the thrill.
There are lots of hotels ranging right from 30 pounds. Going around in public transport is also easy with good bus service being present. One should not miss the open air island coaster which takes around all the places around the island.