A surprisingly busy little harbour, Bembridge is one of the Isle of Wight’s best kept secrets; its relative remoteness adding a certain charm. It is, unsurprisingly, fairly up-market and a favourite ‘hideaway’ for celebrities, attracted by the relaxed atmosphere, excellent facilities and quality of the hospitality. It also attracts keen yachtsmen from all over Europe who are lured by the excellent conditions, beautiful location and superb facilities. In the harbour itself there are plenty of pleasure craft and fishing boats available for hire and an area reserved exclusively for houseboats some of which double up as B&Bs.
The village itself has two main shopping areas; both are vibrant and attractive with an excellent choice of restaurants and pubs to choose from. It is also a favourite with aviation enthusiasts. Bembridge’s small airport attracts light aircraft pilots from all over Europe tantalised by the chance to get an Arial view of one of the most beautiful Islands in the UK. The lovely beaches are all safe with clear, shallow water backed by cliff tops with walks to satisfy any ardent rambler. The views from aloft are nothing short of magnificent.
Bembridge may not have the razzamatazz of many of the other harbour towns along the Solent but as a relaxing yet fulfilling getaway it pays in dividends