The famous Spyglass Inn is located a few yards away from the beach houses and is renowned for its warm hospitality, great food and live local music playing almost every evening, all year round.
There are several restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars dotted along the seafront, so refreshments are never far away.
Head away from the Esplanade and up into the main town and you will discover that it’s built on a series on winding zig-zag terraces and charming Victorian architecture. There are numerous independent shops, including some very popular antique and bric-a-brac emporiums.
Ventnor Botanic Garden, mentioned above, is set over 22 acres of sub-tropical landscaping and well worth a visit. If you venture out along the sea wall coastal paths, you can discover the small village of Bonchurch to the east or the tiny fishing hamlet of Steephill Cove, a true delight if you are heading west.