Category: Bournemouth Beaches

Beaches Within Bournemouth Town


Thirteen out of the twenty-three beaches that line Bournemouth and Christchurch Bays are in Bournemouth town. With the exception of Hengistbury Head Beach all of the beaches in Bournemouth are to a greater or lesser extent developed. They all have a number of facilities for the visitor.Even Hengistbury Head beach has a visitors centre and cafe neat the car park.

The Most Popular Beaches

The two most prominent beach areas are ether side of Bournemouth Pier. Due to their proximity to the town centre these two beaches bear the brunt of visitor numbers. They are heavily used.

It is worth noting that neither of these two beaches have a Blue Flag award. I would suspect that this is simply down to the overwhelming task of keeping them spotlessly clean.

Generally the council do a good job cleaning the beaches but thee have been times when due to pressure of numbers (and irresponsible visitors leaving rubbish ion the beach) they have been overwhelmed by the task. Bank holidays seem to be the worst.

Blue Flag Beaches

There are 5 Blue Flag beaches in Bournemouth and three that allow dogs on the beach all year round.

Boscombe Beach

Boscombe beach is the section of the beach strand surrounding Boscombe pier and stretches down from Bournemouth East Cliff Beach and towards Southbourne beach and Hengistbury Head. It includes the Portman Ravine zigzag and...

Bournemouth West Cliff Beach

Bournemouth West Cliff Beach

West Cliff Beach in Bournemouth is one of the two primary Bournemouth beaches. The other being East Cliff Beach. It occupies the beach strand from the West of Bournemouth Pier up to Durley Chine...

Bournemouth East Cliff Beach

Bournemouth East Cliff Beach

East Cliff beach is one of the two primary Bournemouth beaches and occupies the beach strand from just east of Bournemouth Pier up to Boscombe pier. It is about 1.5 miles in length. It...