Ventnor was a Victorian health resort thanks to its microclimate and sheltered location under the downs. It has a distinctively a Mediterranean atmosphere with palm trees and hilly slopes running down to the sea front. A large bay of orange shingle and sand, lined with colourful beach huts, an attractive esplanade and a mix of Victorian villas, modern apartments, pubs and eateries.
Ventnor town is situated beneath St Boniface Down on a series of ledges running down to the sea. Full of quirky shops, coffee shops, pubs and tea rooms. The town largely retains its Victorian character, with spectacular sea view properties and an eclectic mixture of architecture from Victorian to contemporary and suburban.
Ventnor Harbour, a small harbour, fishery and boat building unit; Ventnor Landslip, a wooded undercliff area; St Lawrence for stylish properties running along the undercliff; Steephill Cove, a picturesque fishing cove; St Boniface Downs for amazing landscapes and views at the highest point on the island, plus old radar and state of the art contemporary asymmetrical house; The Royal Hotel, a 4 star historic hotel, Ventnor Park, a wonderfully Victorian park with stream, tall trees and bandstand; Ventnor Industrial Estate; cricket ground; Ventnor Botanic Gardens.