The expression “Life’s a Beach” must have been invented here on the South Coast. Bournemouth and Poole have unquestionably some of the finest beaches in Europe. Bournemouth has seven miles of award winning sandy beaches, stretching from Hengistbury Head in the east to Alum Chine in the West.
If you are concerned about sharing your beach outing with litter - don’t be, in peak season sands are sifted, cleaned and raked twice a day. No smoking beaches, dog-free zones and activity areas for jet skis, boarders and swimmers are part of the serious business of providing a relaxing, fun and safe time for all.
Feeling like a rest, stop at one of the many cafes and bistros along the traffic free promenade and take in the beach activity from lifeguards engaging in their “Fun in the Sun” patrols to the beach volley ball and other beach activities!
Look out for the Blue Flag flying next to the beaches. Bournemouth & Poole have been awarded the highly coveted European Blue Flag which indicates the beach has met high standards of management and cleanliness. Sandbanks Beach also has the distinction of being awarded 100% by the Tidy Britain Group.
If you prefer your beaches as you remembered them in your childhood, then be sure to take the chain ferry from Sandbanks peninsular to Shell Bay and Studland. This day trip is like stepping back into a bygone era with totally unspoilt beaches and beautiful rolling sand dunes, set within this protected National Trust environment.
Regardless of the time of year you are visiting Bournemouth and Poole, whether you need to wrap up warm for a coastal walk or cover yourself in suncream for a lazy day on the beach, you should include time to visit and enjoy some of the finest beaches and coastal views in Europe.