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Isle of Wight

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, January 2013

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A popular UK holiday destination, the Isle of Wight lies around 6 miles off the south coast of England and is reachable by ferry from the southern ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth. One of the largest of England’s many isles, at 24 miles across, the island first made a name for itself in the Victorian era, becoming a fashionable seaside resort for the upper class. Today, the traditional villages and pristine beaches (celebrated as some of the best in the UK) remain the island’s key attractions and the island’s two major summer festivals—Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival—draw huge crowds to its shores.

Affectionately nicknamed ‘England In Miniature’ for its surprising variety of scenery, the Isle of Wight has plenty of striking vistas, as well as a rich history behind its smugglers’ coves and ancient forts, and some of the most celebrated dinosaur fossil sites in the world.

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