Originally Posted by sjc avon
That's it I'm all booked up to take my rib to Gosport for the first time this August! All I need now is some info! Where is the best places to visit and distance from Gosport? Would like to go to the needles but looks along way. Anyone know best place for day out, to wakeboard and dive? All info will be great.
Which marina are you going in? Portsmouth Harbour is nicely placed to explore the Solent, plus it's one of the more interesting harbours to explore. You could easily spend a day just exploring the harbour; having a look at the naval dockyard, exploring some of the creeks North of of the harbour, stopping for lunch at one of the numerous marinas (Gunwharf, Port Solent etc).
The Needles is easily doable from Portsmouth (done it many times) - it's not that far. Cowes is about 20 minutes away (best time I ever did was Gunwharf to Cowes in 12 mins) and again makes a nice day trip - potter over there, have a drink and a wander in town before heading down the river to the famous Folly Inn for some lunch.
Yarmouth too is a nice place to stop for lunch and could be combined with a trip to the Needles. Then there's the olde-wolde Beaulieu River, just the other side of Southampton water.
Loads to choose from