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Bournemouth Beaches Guide

Bournemouth’s seven long miles of golden sands are bigger and better than ever before, offering something for everyone.

Maintained to the highest international standards for beach cleanliness and environmental management, Bournemouth beaches are as some of the best in the world…get your bucket and spades at the ready.

Blue Flag and Seaside Awards
We’ve retained the international Blue Flag award status since it was first introduced in 1996 and in 2015 we secured 4 Blue Flag awards for Alum Chine beach, Durley Chine beach, Fisherman’s Walk beach and Southbourne beach.

We also secured 2 Seaside Awards for Bournemouth and Boscombe beaches.

Fantastic awards like this recognise the highest standards for water quality, environmental management, safety and services and environmental education.

Did you know?

Combined with Poole’s 4 Blue Flags, the bay holds more Blue Flags than any other beach destination in the UK!

Bournemouth Central Beaches
From the town centre head down to Pier Approach through our beautiful Lower Gardens and enjoy the seafront attractions, cafés and restaurants, not forgetting the fantastic views of the bay from our historic Pier. At Pier Approach, discover life beneath the waves at the Oceanarium, have a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or pop into the brand new Tourist Information Centre situated in front of the water play area. Take a walk along Bournemouth Pier for fantastic views of the bay, children’s rides and boat trips to a number of destinations along the coast.

RockReef Activity Centre  is situated at the end of the Pier. Featuring a wide variety of fun climbing challenges using the Clip ‘n Climb concept; the Pier Cave adventure that includes three different levels of challenge and the HighLine aerial obstacle course. Throughout the year, the Pier Approach area hosts a great selection of concerts, attractions and events for you to discover why so many people fall in love with Bournemouth.

Bournemouth is listed as the no. 1 UK beach by stylish website ACHICA Living.

Durley Chine beach
If you are travelling on the Land Train towards Poole from Bournemouth Pier, why not hop off at Durley Chine beach. A family favourite, Blue Flag award-winning Durley Chine beach is great for kids. It also boasts a traditional pub on the promenade and a café, so you don’t have to go far for some good grub! There are plenty of beach huts to hire and ice creams to eat.

Alum Chine beach
A short stroll from Durley Chine towards Poole brings you to Alum Chine beach, home to the beautiful Tropical Gardens and has both Green and Blue Flag awards. Alum Chine is a great family friendly area with a pirate-themed children’s playground and water play area. Beach huts are available to hire all year round from the local beach office call 01202 451781 for availability and prices.

Boscombe beach
Take the Land Train or walk along the stretch of promendade from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Beach. Boscombe seafront has been transformed from a sleepy 1950’s style beach into the exciting 21st century through Boscombe Spa Village redevelopment scheme with plenty to do and see. This area is now home to the Coastal Activity Park. Stretching over 1km either side of Boscombe Pier, the Coastal Activity Park has everything from sports courts and water sports to smooth jive and spa treatments. Find a new hobby; join a group sports sessions; hire equipment, courts and classrooms; or just enjoy the stunning surroundings.

Southbourne beach
Breathe in the fresh sea air with a twenty minute stroll along the promenade from Boscombe, that brings you to the Blue Flag award-winning beach at Fisherman’s Walk. Snacks and ice creams are on hand and more refreshments can be found at the café on the cliff top, along with a crazy golf course, which is easily accessible by the Cliff Lift.