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Why we love Hayling Island beaches

We love our local beaches on Hayling Island. They combine world-class water quality and aquatic sports with good old British seaside traditions – and they’re so close to Langstone Quays.

The long stretches of sand and shingle provide plenty of space for swimming, splashing and sunbathing in summer. In cooler weather, find a cosy seat in the Inn On The Beach, idly watching the shipping in The Solent, or stroll along the sea front admiring the much-photographed Hayling Island Beach Huts.

Here are a few of our favourite things about Hayling Island beaches.

There’s a lot of beach in a small area

As an island, naturally we have a lot of coastline. There are three main beaches along Hayling seafront, which combined, give you about three miles of beach.

These three beaches, West, Beachlands Central and Eastoke, face south towards the Solent, and run into each other to make an impressively long stretch of sand and shingle. There are car parks all along the seafront, as well as useful facilities like cafés and loos.

Choose your favourite stretch of sand

Hayling Island West Beach is shingly, with sand at low tide, and is separated from the road by sand dunes. The West Winner sand bank provides some shelter in the bay, so it’s a popular place among swimmers.

Beachlands Central Beach is also a mixture of shingle and sand, and is the handiest beach for family-friendly facilities. Heading east, Eastoke beach has pebbles and sand, and a nice grassy area for picnics. It leads to Sandy Point Nature Reserve.

Hayling Island has the Blue Flag award

The three main beaches on Hayling Island can all proudly fly the Blue Flag. This certification award scheme is earned by beaches that meet strict environmental, sustainable and cleanliness standards.

Our Blue Flag status means our bathing water is clean for swimmers and sea sports enthusiasts – and because the certification constantly needs to be renewed, Hayling Island works hard to make sure its standards don’t slip.

We’re famous for water sports

West Beach actually gave the world one of its most popular water sports, as windsurfing was invented here! WindWise offers lessons if you fancy trying your hand at our local, global sport.

You can also kayak, kite surf and stand up paddleboard in Hayling Island, and the Solent is also a famous sailing spot.

Hayling Island hosts the Kitesurfing Armada in June, and we’re the hotel partner for Europe’s biggest kitesurfing event. As well as the armada, there’s live music, food and drink, and family-friendly entertainment.

We’ve got some good swimming spots

The “lagoon” created by the West Winner sand bar makes West Beach a lovely (and comparatively warm) place to swim; and of course, that Blue Flag status is wonderfully reassuring.

The whole south shore is good for swimming, especially at shallow water. However, at high tide, the beach shelves, and the water can suddenly become quite deep. Always check the tide times before setting out for a swim or a splash.

Hayling Island beaches are great for families…

A sandy beach and some shallow waves to splash in – what better way is there to entertain the kids? We can’t think of many, but if they need a break from the beach, there’s plenty of alternatives close to the seafront.

This includes the much-loved Funland Amusement Park, whose range of indoor activities makes it a popular alternative to the beach on a cooler day. And, it wouldn’t be a day out in Hayling without a ride on the Hayling coastal steam railway.

…and for dogs

The main beaches on Hayling Island are closed to dogs during the main summer season (1 May – 30 September), but they’re free to scamper throughout the winter and spring.

If you want year-round, dog-friendly beaches, try Hill Head or Browndown Point beaches (to the west of Hayling Island). Hill Head is a lively beach with water sports, and Browndown Point, owned by the MoD, is quieter.

There’s lots to do beside the seaside in Hayling Island, and Langstone Quays is an excellent place for a beach-based holiday. To find out more about Hayling Island and our hotel, please get in touch with us.

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