When visiting our beaches, try to avoid the crowds by viewing our Beach Check page which features a live map and a free application to download showcasing how busy the beach areas are and other useful information that will prepare you for your trip to our wonderful destination.
Sandbanks is a modern, well-respected and treasured jewel in the crown of the British coastline and the ideal location for a break at any time of the year. Visit our Explore Sandbanks page for more information.
Sandbanks Beach is recognised as one of the United Kingdom’s best and has the accolade of the Blue Flag award which it has maintained for 35 years – more than any other beach in the country. A specially designated area on the western section of the beach means that dogs can make the most of the lush golden sand as well.
Furthermore, a well-located car park next to the beach combined with bus links between Poole Town Centre, Bournemouth and the nearby town of Swanage ensures there are plenty of transport options to make your trip to the beach as relaxing as possible.
Numerous well-respected restaurants and hotels feature around the peninsula, including the renowned Rick Stein with its spectacular array of delicious dishes and the FJB Hotel chain, offering three hotels in Sandbanks providing high quality restaurants and luxurious accommodation if you wish to extend your stay in this beautiful part of the world.
For wheelchair users one beach accessible wheelchair is available from Sandbanks beach office. Available May to September on a first come, first served basis from 9:30am to 4:30pm, users need to pay a fully refundable £50 cash deposit. Please note there is no pre-booking service for the wheelchairs.
Visit our Watersports page, for more details on the activities you can enjoy on the beach
If you are visiting Sandbanks then hopping on Morebus Service 60 is the easiest option. There’s a great choice of beach destinations with the bus stopping at Shore Road, Sandbanks Pavillion and Panorama Road for the Ferry.
Cycling is allowed on the promenade but restrictions apply during July and August.
Dogs on the Beach
There is a designated dog beach at the western side of the beach (near the Sandbanks ferry) all year round. Dogs are not allowed on the main beach area from 1 May to 30 September, please keep dogs on a lead on the Sandbanks promenade area.
You are allowed to have barbecues on any of Poole's beaches between 6pm and 10.30pm as long as you read and follow the barbecue guide before planning one.