July is here and the weather is finally improving and let’s face it, we’re all in need of a holiday.
With Australia currently closed to most arrivals, Londoners are unlikely to be travelling down under anytime soon.
Sunseekers are instead jumping in their cars to escape the city and head to the beach.
One spot just a three and a half hour drive from London shares similarities with the famous Cape Tribulation in Cairns.
Priory Beach is found on the eastern coast of the sunny Isle of Wight.
The bay stretches half a mile in length and many say it’s like being on a foreign island.
Much like the Aussie backpacker favourite’s rainforest, Priory Bay is edged by 7.5 acres of woodland.
Another slightly better difference is that the sea isn’t as dangerous- you’re unlikely to see the Cape Tribulation natives of deadly Box Jellyfish here.
While it is much safer, note that you still can’t really swim in the waters as it’s very shallow- but it is perfect for a quick paddle.
With little swimming taking place, it’s important to note for those with little ones that there are no lifeguards present at the bay.
The beach is sandy with some pebbles and lovely for laying out in the summer sun.
The bay runs from Horeston Point to Nodes Point and can be accessed from a short walk from either point.
You won’t be short of things to do either, as the nearby town of Ryde offers plenty of attractions.
From visiting the pier to riding on the hovercraft service, there’s all sorts of ways to spend your day out at the seaside.
It goes without mentioning, no British trip to the beach is complete unless it involves fish and chips.
Close to the bay, The Old Fort offers relaxed seaside dining with an extensive menu- including several fishy options.
Sadly, the local Priory Bay Hotel is currently closed, but there’s plenty of hotels in Ryde, like the majestic Hotel Ryde Castle.
To get there, unlike Cape Tribulation, you won’t need to spend a day flying and suffer the nightmare of jetlag.
Take the car and it should take around three and half hours from London, plus if you stay at the hotel you’ll get free parking!
If driving is not for you, use public transport and you’ll get there in the same amount of time.
Grab the rain from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, then hop on the ferry to Ryde.
Get a short bus to Nodes Point and you’ll soon be relaxing in the sea air, and enjoying views like those of our Aussie pals.