Gef’s Guide To Staycationing – The South

Staycation: a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad

No faffing. Simply a matter of packing up the car, locking up the house and driving a maximum of what, 45 minutes? to the other side of the Island, or maybe just down the road, for your very own island escape.

Here’s our guide to staycationing on the IoM this summer.

Port Erin


  • La Gusto – Gef approved as one of the best pizzas on the Island. Grab a take away and enjoy it on the beach as you watch the sunset – an iconic Manx view.

  • The Station – A classic pub lunch and a pint. What more could you want?

  • Versa, for your evening meal. Versa is a pop-up restaurant based on sustainability. The menu changes weekly depending on what is available in the area.

  • Bradda Glen – Head on up for a stroll through the glen before sitting down at Bradda Glen Restaurant. Take in that view while tucking into a Sunday roast.


  • Foraging Vintners – there’s no place quite like it for an alfresco bev and some nibbles. Soak up the sun while sat on their decking, or shelter from the elements in their cosy bar. With the backdrop of Milners Tower, this is THE spot in PE to enjoy craft wine.


  • Port Erin Paddleboards – Make a splash with some stand-up paddleboarding in Port Erin harbour. There’s a whole load of options – sunset sessions, twilight sessions, yoga sessions, session sessions (featuring alcohols) or you can just rent the board and do your own thing.

  • Going for a walk up Bradda Head to Milners Tower is a right of passage for any Manxie, but the views from up there never get old. If you fancy taking it a little further, head along the Raad ny Foillan to get some miles in.

Now the best part of a staycation? You don’t have to head home! You can enjoy all of this and then stroll back to your home for the week(end). The lovely folks over at Island Escapes are offering 10% discount for Island residents who book one of their properties in this summer. Making it even more affordable to enjoy a break here on our lovely isle.


Palm Villa 

This recently refurbished, traditional 3 bedroom house is ideal for families. It’s crisp, clean decor gives the property a light and airy feel. With accents of blue it has an almost nautical feel – very fitting because this property is a hop, skip and a jump from the sandy shore of Port Erin beach – the Island’s very own Bondi.

While staying on the Island this summer, you’re not only enjoying the beauty of what we have on our doorstep but you’re also supporting the local economy. Staying local, spending local and supporting local.

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