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Our Pick of the Best Beaches in Bournemouth

Posted on: 25th August 2021

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Bournemouth beach was recently voted in the top 20 beaches in the world and is a must visit during a stay at our camping and caravan park in Dorset. The beach stretches over 7 miles and boasts plenty of facilities dotted along the golden sands.

Each section of beach has a distinct look and feel, meaning there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for somewhere quiet to sit back, relax and soak up the summer sun or activities to keep the kids entertained, we guarantee you’ll find your perfect spot on Bournemouth beach.

Here we list just some of best beaches in Bournemouth to visit during your Dorset camping holiday. We share our top picks for dog owners, families with young children and couples wanting a peaceful afternoon.


Sandbanks boasts some of the most expensive land in the world at it’s not difficult to see why. The exclusive spit of land enjoys an idyllic location on the edge of Poole Harbour, with incredible views along the coastline and out to sea. Sandbanks has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award, which recognises water quality for more than 30 consecutive years. It is well served by a range of amenities including public toilets, café’s, refreshment kiosks and drinking fountains.

There is a lifeguard service during the peak season for added peace of mind. There’s also a children’s play area, crazy golf course, table tennis, volley ball nets and watersports equipment hire. For guests with mobility difficulties there is ramped access and beach wheelchair hire available. Ample pay and display car parking is available nearby.

Photo credit: Poole Tourism

Poole Tourism. Sandbanks

Alum Chine 

Alum Chine is situated at the western end of Bournemouth beach. It is popular with local families and quieter than beaches closer to town. It’s a lovely place to spend a couple of hours building sandcastles or swimming in the sea. There are plenty of refreshment options as well as toilets, outdoor showers and baby change facilities. Barbeques are permitted after 6pm and it’s dog friendly at certain times of year.

Colourful huts line the prom and you can wave to the land train as passes back and forth throughout day. Younger members of the family will love the pirate themed adventure play area and treasure island paddling pool.

Above the beach there is a tropical garden with a network of shaded paths to explore. When the conditions are right it’s possible to see the Isle of Wight and Old Harry Rocks in the distance.

Photo credit: Robert Linsell, Flickr 

Alum chine beach

Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a headland and Site of Special Scientific Interest near Christchurch Harbour. The unique landscape is largely unspoilt and comprises of a range of habitats, including heathland, woodland, wetland and grassland. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle and is flanked by dunes to the rear. More than 300 species of bird have been spotted here as well as rare species of flowers and plants.

One of our favourite things about the beach at Hengistbury Head is that it’s dog friendly year-round. There are plenty of paths nearby if you fancy extending your walk and travelling further afield. There’s also a visitor centre where you can learn about the inhabitants during the Bronze age through a range of interactive displays.


Bournemouth Central Beach

The beach next to Bournemouth Pier is undoubtedly is one of the busiest in Dorset. Every year thousands flock to its shores to enjoy a fun-filled day in the sun. It is situated within easy reach of the town centre, meaning there’s no shortage of things to see and do. From the beach it’s just a short stroll to popular attractions including the oceanarium, zip line, amusement arcades and a wide selection of pubs and restaurants.

Intrepid visitors can try surfing at Bournemouth beach if the conditions are right. There are board hire facilities as well as lessons to help you get to grips with the basics.

In the summer this is an idyllic spot to enjoy a range of events including the Bournemouth Air Show and weekly August fireworks displays. Lower Gardens are situated less than 5 minutes’ walk away if you want to escape the hustle and bustle and spend some time admiring the flowers or eating a picnic in the shade.

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Fishermans Walk

South Lythcett Manor guests looking for some peace and tranquillity should head to Fisherman’s Walk beach. This section of beach is quieter than others in the area and is mainly popular with locals.

Like most of the beaches in Bournemouth, Fisherman’s Walk is a mix of sand and shingle. It is one of 4 beaches locally that has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag Award for water quality. It’s a fantastic base to while away an afternoon with a good book in hand. Deck chair hire is available and there are food, drink and toilet facilities nearby.

For the less mobile there is a lift down the cliff face. This is a fantastic way to access the beach while taking in the views.

fishermans walk beach bournemouth

South Lytchett Manor holiday park is the perfect base from which to enjoy days out at some of the best beaches in Bournemouth. Soak up the sun, play in the water or enjoy a leisurely stroll before returning to our 5-star park to relax in scenic grounds.

We have plenty of family friendly accommodation and facilities on site. Choose between our range of glamping options or stay on one of our touring and camping pitches.

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