Yes Cowes is on the Isle of Wight, yes Best Western have a nice hotel there, but we cheated and had the fun of Cowes, Wight link travel and south coast resorts all in one week.
The annual Cowes yachting regatta lasts a full week, with up to 40 races a day and hundreds of boats. An untrained eye would observe a melee of boats and a chaotic muddle of yachts heading in all directions; add a steady blast of canon fire that signals err… no idea! So at times you could be forgiven for thinking all is not plain sailing! It is however a great sight, vibrant atmosphere at night and ok it’s a little “clicky”, however the Friday fireworks finale can be seen by all for miles. We loved it not just for the 2 days we spent watching the races early morning, but we set off round to the lovely sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin in the afternoon, just to keep the kids fully happy.
Having decided to visit just 2 days, we were based at the BEST WESTERN Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea, which if you get sea view rooms has a great lookout across to the Isle of Wight and is 10 minutes from the ferry ports(less from the Hover port). It has a nice bar area for relaxing at night, very friendly staff and breakfast had a choice wider than most hotels. What was more, being close to Portsmouth’s historic naval docks, if you take a harbour tour, visit H.M.S Victory and visit all the museums, it lasts the full day.
Next door to those, a trip up the Spinnaker tower is a must for views over the harbour, most of the surrounding south coast and Isle of Wight. For beaches Southsea is ok, but has a shingle beach, so we headed a little further down the coast to West Wittering, which is popular and has a lovely sandy stretch kids can’t but love.
So why stick with one theme, we you can mix the Isle of Wight, Cowes regatta and the south coast tourist attractions all in one!
Gary Palmer – Year of Get Up and Go blogging panel