Bournemouth has the best beaches in the UK as voted by trip advisor, with over seven miles of golden sand. It is the first town in England to hold three flags – the international Blue Flag for its high quality beaches, the Purple Flag for its night-time entertainment and safety, and the Green Flag for its parks and green open spaces. In 2014 it received the gold award at the prestigious European competition, Entente Florale for outstanding floral displays and ten golds received at the South and South East of England in Bloom awards.
Situated on the south coast, Bournemouth and the surrounding area have plenty to offer in terms of beach and water pursuits, plus the outstanding natural beauty of the New Forest and the Dorset Jurassic Coast. You can do yoga on the beach, paddle-boarding, surfing, canoeing, paragliding, and a host of other activities. The view from the Bournemouth Eye balloon can give you views of up to 25 miles across the English Channel and the Solent. The population totals 188,000 approximately, large enough to have all of the facilities of a big town, small enough that you will never feel lost.
There are many beaches within Bournemouth and one links into another. Bournemouth and Boscombe beaches are the main tourist areas, each containing its own pier with Bournemouth Pier also housing a large 1920’s art deco small theatre at the end. You can take part in many water sports, there are a large number of places to eat, cafes and the open space by Bournemouth Pier has just been created to offer free large entertainment events such as music, dance and an open air cinema.
Further along to the west, you cross over into Poole, with its many chines each one individually presented in its original layout. This area leads right along to Sandbanks, home to some of the UK’s most wealthiest and stunning homes.
To the east you hit Southbourne beaches, quieter and a favourite with locals with pretty cliff top walks. These beaches lead along to Hengistbury Head, a local nature reserve and a site of international importance as it is a place where some of the earliest settlers dating back to the stone age made their home. It boasts some of the most beautiful panoramic views across from west to east and over the Isle of Wight this area being one of the closest points to the Island. This area leads into Mudeford and Christchurch Quay, which house beautiful beaches and the River Stour respectively.