With the many options for self catering Isle of Wight visitors have plenty of options. Self catering has the advantage that you have access to a kitchen and can cook meals; it’s often an affordable alternative to hotel rooms for families. However, although small in size, the island has plenty to see and do, and one dilemma may be deciding where to stay. Sandown and Ventnor are both traditional seaside resorts, offering all the usual amenities. For something a little quieter, Shanklin is a picturesque village located on the southern coast, while the port of Cowes on the north coast offers easy access to and from the UK mainland. The island’s largest town and one of the busiest is Ryde, while those looking for a peaceful escape in a traditional village might want to head to the east coast village of Bembridge.