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Best Beaches in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is well known for its wonderful array of beautiful beaches. Bournemouth offers a nice variety of hotels, attractions, and self catering options along their gorgeous coastline. If you’re wanting a nice, relaxing day out on the beach, there’s a beach for you to do so.

You can lay out on the beach, let your toes wiggle in the sand, and stroll along the pier at any of Bournemouth’s hotspots. No matter the time of year, you can enjoy a beach in Bournemouth, and every beach offers a different experience. Whether you’re willing to go surfing, lay out and enjoy a fun play on your smartphone, or get a yummy ice cream, there’s a beach with your name on it. Here are some of the best beaches in Bournemouth.

Beach in Bournemouth
Beach in Bournemouth

Alum Chine Beach

Alum Chine Beach is a popular Blue Flag award winning beach in Bournemouth. The locals love it and flock to it because it’s quiet, wide, and very clean. The beach is situated further to the West of Bournemouth, away from the business and crowdedness of Bournemouth Pier and the town centre. Alum Chine is very popular among families with kids due to it having a pirate-themed adventure playground. Also, it has baby changing stations, a children’s lost and found, lifeguard stations, along with pubs and ice cream stations, which makes it very kid-friendly. Alum Chine has golden sand and crystal clear waters, as well as a tropical garden just a shirt walk away. Beach barbecues are allowed in the evenings, dogs are allowed in certain areas, and there are a number of beautiful beach huts available for rent. This beach is beautiful, kid and dog friendly, and has so much to see and do.

Durley Chine Beach

Durley Chine Beach is a wide sandy beach located on the west cliff. Another one of Bournemouth’s Blue Flag beaches, the water is clear, clean and calm, and the sand is golden. Furley Chine is lifeguard patrolled during the summer months and also participates in Kidzone, which is a beach safety program. Durley Chine offers beach huts, deck chairs, and beach wheelchairs that can be rented if needed. Dog owners love that dogs are welcome here all year round. Also conveniently located on the beach are plenty of drinking water points, baby changing stations, a beach shop, cafe, and land train that makes a stop here on the way to Alum Chine.

Fisherman’s Walk

Fisherman’s Walk is known as the best beach in Bournemouth. This friendly, clean beach is more quiet than any other beach and has acres of sand perfect for just lying out. The water is calm and inviting, perfect for those who just want to surf or enjoy a nice dip. Fisherman’s Walk is another Blue Flag beach recognized for its high standards of cleanliness and water purity. This beach has its own lift making it very convenient for the less mobile or disable to easily access it. Fisherman’s walk is mainly a family beach and caters to families with small children. Because of this, during the summer months, no dogs are allowed. However, there is a dog exercise area located nearby. The beach has its own food/drink outlets, toilets, baby changing stations, as well as outdoor showers and beach huts and deck chairs available for rent.

Southbourne

Southbourne
Southbourne

Southbourne beach is mostly sandy with some shingle and is very popular with the locals. This beach is another Blue Flag winner and is perfect for families since it’s lifeguard patrolled during the summer months. This beach is very quiet and the water is renowned for being very safe for those wanting to bathe. Southbourne offers water sports and cycling is allowed along the promenade. There are several food outlets that serve both dine in and take away food, along with a beach shop full of beach necessities and accessories. The beach is dog friendly and has several beach huts available for rent. Barbecue grilling is allowed in the evenings at their dedicated barbecue zone. Other beach amenities include toilets, drinking water stations, outdoor showers, baby changing stations, and a cafe.

Boscombe Beach

Boscombe Beach, which used to be a quiet Victorian seaside resort, but now is a family friendly beach in Bournemouth. Boscombe’s beach area was developed in 2009 and the surf reef was born which attracted avid surfers from all over the world. However, in 2011, it closed due to being a potential danger. You’re still allowed to surf there though, as well as dive, kite and wind surf. There’s a Boscombe Chine garden located very close to the beach as well as a nice golf course. There are beach huts, beach pods, and volleyball courts available for rent. If you’re looking for luxury, Bournemouth Beach Lodge is conveniently located a few steps away from the beach. You can enjoy stylish accommodation for up to four adults and two kids. Each lodge has a full kitchen, toiler, shower, and free WIFI.

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