Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, Sandbanks is a popular sandy beach stretching over three miles (5 km.) from the tip of Sandbanks Spit to merge with the beaches of Bournemouth.
At the southwest end of the spit, the beach is edged by dunes and overlooked by the pavilion and recreation area. The beach has an RNLI Lifeguard service between May 1st and September 30th.
There are a number of car parks adjacent to the beach. There is a charge for using the car parks. For recreation there is windsurfing, sailing and fishing, along with several windsurfing and sailing schools.
Other facilities include a putting green, crazy golf and a variety of children's amusements.
For walkers there is the three mile Evening Hill Discovery Trail running adjacent to the beach. There is also a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island where Tern colonies and lagoons can be seen.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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