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Britain's best beaches: Three miles of golden sands, clean clear waters and contemporary waterside bars and restaurants.

Glorious beaches - Five gently sheltered beaches, including Sandbanks - winner of more Blue Flags than any UK resort - with soft golden sands, raked and cleaned all year round.

Safe for all - zones for swimmers and windsurfers with lifeguard patrols and 'Baywatch' towers to ensure a safe, fun, relaxing time. Wardens regularly patrol seafront areas throughout the year.

Enjoy year round- Enjoy the beach whatever the weather... watersports, a winter walk, or just enjoy the views from one of the beachside restauarants, the perfect place to watch the world go by.

Home to world class sports - Spot Olympic sailing, windsurfing and beach volleyball hopefuls and the glamour of sandpolo as Sandbanks hosts the Annual British Beach Polo Championships .

TRAVEL: Public Transport to Beaches - see NEW downloadable leaflet Let's Go To The Beach This Summer.

The Beaches

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Naturally beautiful, with its golden sand, Sandbanks Beach is an award winning Blue Flag beach achieving the highest standard of cleanliness.  Sandbanks has held the highly coveted international Blue Flag for 28 years and offers a designed area for barbeques and swimmers.  Slacklining posts have been installed.  Equipment is available to hire from the beach office.  Activities at Sandbanks include crazy golf, children's play area and Sandbanks Beach Cafe.
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Fine golden sands, gradual sloping beach and clean, safe water makes Shore Road Beach an ideal place to visit.  Watersports hire and tuition is available nearby and there is a dedicated 'launch' zone for kitesurfers and windsurfers.  

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Canford Cliffs is a natural and tranquil area featuring volleyball nets and football posts.  Situated  between Shore Road and Branksome Chine the beach can be accessed from Cliff Drive, where you can find on-road parking.  The steep sandy cliff face provides a haven for wildlife.  The picturesque wooden beach huts along the chine date back to 1920.

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Alternatively visit one of our harbour beaches at Hamworthy Park link will open in new window or Rockley Park.

Dorset is full of award-winning beaches. Find out more information about Dorset Beaches link will open in new window and Bournemouth Beaches link will open in new window.

Beach Huts to Hire

Beach huts are available to hire at all locations - a perfect base when visiting Poole's award winning beaches.  Available to hire on a weekly basis April - September and for longer lets of six months in the winter.  Perfect for visitors and residents to enjoy all year round.  For further information visit link will open in new window

Dogs on the beaches 
In Poole dogs are allowed on the beach all year round at Branksome Dene and at the west end of Sandbanks beach.  Dogs are not allowed on the main beaches from 1st May to 30th September.

At Studland dogs are allowed on Shell Bay and South Beach all year if on a lead.  Dogs are not allowed on Middle and Knoll Beaches from 30th June to 1st September.

Dogs are allowed at Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Worbarrow Bay and Kimmeridge Beaches.

In Swanage dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September.

In Bournemouth dogs are not allowed on the beaches from Durley Chine to Fisherman's Walk, Southbourne between 1st May and 30th September. 

Cycling along the beach promenade from Shore Road to Branksome Dene Chine (to the Bournemouth border) is unrestricted from September until June.  In July and August cycling is only permitted before 10am and after 6.00pm.  We ask that all cyclists act responsibly, not exceeding 10mph and remember that pedestrians have the right of way along the promenade.  Cyclist will be prosecuted if they do not adhere to these bye laws.

RNLI Beach Lifeguards are in operation on the beaches at Sandbanks, Shore Road, and Branksome Chine from 1st May to 30th September, between 10 am and 6 pm.  Canford Cliffs Lifeguard Station is open from 1st July to 30th August.

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