Sandbanks Beach
Sandbanks Beach
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Naturally beautiful, with its golden sand, Sandbanks Beach has been designated by the European Commission as one of the few areas in the United Kingdom which has achieved the highest standard of cleanliness. Sandbanks has held the highly coveted international Blue Flag for the past 30 years. Equipment is available to hire from the beach office. Activities at Sandbanks include crazy golf, a children's play area and the Sandbanks Beach Cafe. BBQs can take place from 6 pm-10.30 pm only The number 50 Wilts and Dorset bus from Bournemouth Station to Swanage stops near to the beach (generally every half hour in the summer). There is a car park next to the beach that holds 550 cars, 5 for disabled use.
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  • Malcolm D
    Crick, United Kingdom432 contributions
    Lovely Day Out
    Amazing beach with golden sand and amazing views. Kept Clean and tidy. Plenty of parking and clean toilets. The beach has a great takeaway ‘Shack’ serving finger food, alcohol and selection of ice creams. The 9” Hot-Dog is a must try served in a bun with crispy onions. The beach also has RNLI life guards In swimming zones.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Stacy R
    3 contributions
    Beautiful Sandbanks
    We always wanted to visit Sandbanks and got the chance while visiting Bournemouth and staying at the gorgeous hotel Collingwood. The beach is sandy, clean and beautiful. We also stayed and watched the sunset, altogether an amazing day!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • 29Stacey1973
    Romford, United Kingdom67 contributions
    Lovely clean beach
    Always wanted to visit Sandbanks. Went on a day trip from Portsmouth. Found parking pretty easily. Usual prices as expected for a popular area! Lovely sandy beach. Was busy but still nice to visit. There was a bar / cafe where we had a drink, snack and ice cream. Lovely day out and worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Christianas
    Sheffield, United Kingdom50 contributions
    Lovely beach
    Walked from Bournemouth to Sanbanks. A lovely walk. Sandbanks was a very clean beach and was interesting to look at the houses there. Not easy to get refreshments there because long queues or over priced. We'll worth a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Bianca753
    Esher, United Kingdom35 contributions
    Lovely weekend break
    we had a lovely 2 night break at the hotel. We changed rooms after one night as the room we stayed in the first night was awful. Really small on the first floor and the bed was really small and the room was really hot even with the balcony door open. After a practically sleepless night the hotel manager offered us a room on the 3rd floor with again sea view. The room was beautiful and it felt like we had moved to a different hotel, smart tv and nespresso coffee maker, what a difference. There is an old part of the hotel were the rooms are small and dated. The manager was wonderful and sorted the issue out swiftly. The hotel used to have a beautiful upmarket restaurant which was replaced by a Pizza on the beach place, so you have to eat your pizza out of a box. We ate 1 night in the Italian restaurant which was ok, very noisy and service was slow but food ok. It's cheap and cheerful. The hotel has the best location on beach and we could hear the waves at night from our room! Hotel is really old though and believe they have planning permission to built a brand luxury hotel in it's place. Breakfast was really good as well and the restaurant has again sea view. Some room to the front of the hotel have a view over the car park but it also looks over the bay were you can see the kite servers and it has the sun late afternoon. Lots of children in the hotel but not an issue as they could all run wild on the beach and use the playground. Don't eat at the jazz cafe waste of money the Tesco around the corner has better food.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Man1cmom
    West Midlands, United Kingdom524 contributions
    Stunning!!!
    When holidaying in the UK we try to do a different beach each day (weather permitting). Day 2 was sandbanks turn and what a place it was. The beach is stunning!!! Clean and uncrowned-plenty of space for kids to play. The sea was beautiful and the amenities were clean too (which is rare). It’s also great to look in awe at the stunning beach front properties that line the sand. We got there by bus and it was very easily accessible. The car parks were full very early on and there is no street parking so I’d advise getting the bus. Small tesco where you can buy your lunch, or a few cafes/restaurants. We were left disappointed with our next beach day trip to Swanage and wished we’d have stayed in Sandbanks instead!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • PStadd
    Dunstable, United Kingdom131 contributions
    Unexpectedly good
    I wasn't sure what to expect and hadn't done a great deal of research so I had mixed feelings about going there. I had been vaguely aware of the peninsula's exclusivity over the years and had recently seen a feature on TV about it and some of its celebrity residents so decided, as we were in the area, to go and check it out. What we found was a very good, soft sandy beach patrolled by lifeguards. There was a playground, clean and FREE toilets, some independent restaurants and takeaways and it was a generally very clean part of Poole. One gripe though; there was plenty of parking both on the road and in a car park but we felt that the £8.40 we paid for 3 hours was a bit steep. I know there's a cost to keeping facilities clean and in good order but if the cost had been just a little less we may have stayed a bit longer and had a restaurant meal rather than the hurried picnic we had from Tesco Express............and would have supported local businesses in turn.....?? I don't know, maybe there's a balance to be had. But overall, very pleasantly surprised.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
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Visit Blighty
2,762 contributions
Dec 2019
When asked where did I visit on a dreary morning in December having just arrived in the UK the natural answer would not normally be the beach. Sandbanks however has this esteemed high billing and never having been there I was keen to see what it was all about. As I’m sure you are aware Sanbanks is a peninsula between the sea and the “intracoastal” as our cousins across the pond would call it. In this case Poole Harbour.

I first had a drive all around and took in both “coasts” before parking up at the Beach Car Park. There was parking galore. Also road side. The beach is a gorgeous clean sand beach with an accompanying Pavilion harking from a bygone era and an array of typical British beach side amusements such as crazy golf and a good Beach Cafe. All modern facilities are provided. The beach looked very nice and is quite narrow. I imagine it must get truly packed in the summer and is a nice walk in the winter. However, as it’s all so build up and narrow I would not say it has the same sense of wonderment and freedom as West Wittering for example or Holkham.

The town is very sweet with some great shops and I particularly enjoyed the harbour side with its promenade, marina and grand Victorian presentation. I was glad I saw it and it must be fun to hop on the Ferry to explore Brownsea Island.
Written January 9, 2020
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Nikki L
Northampton, UK137 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We went on Friday, it was a nightmare driving to Sandbanks but when we finally got parked and go on the beach we found room no problem. People were social distancing despite what the media said! The beach was lovely and sandy and really clean. We had a picnic and later my husband brought ice creams which were average prices. The sea was apparently lovely to swim in according to my son but a bit to cold for me to do my toes in. Lovely family day out but would recommend getting here early for a parking spot. The toilets were free and very basic, spelt a bit but then there were alot of people using them
Written August 8, 2020
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KatieR
London, UK36 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We had the best family day out last week at Sandbanks. The parking cost out around £13 for 6 hours which we didn’t think was too bad considering the location - my mother can’t walk long distances and the car park is great (short walk to beach and amenities).

The beach was very clean considering so many people use it every day! We only found the odd bit of rubbish buried in the sand.

The cafe and toilets all close to car park/ beach and they had flat wood half way down the beach for those with wheelchairs or buggy’s.

The only downside was that the cafe did offer much for those with gluten intolerances so I would definitely pack a picnic and the drinks and ice creams I thought was very overpriced - but that’s business. Didn’t stop us from buying!

Also there was no where for us to purchase an umbrella or hire any beach equipment which I think would be a great idea!! It was our own fault we didn’t bring anything.

Overall we had a fab day and can’t wait to come back with our daughter.
Written September 10, 2021
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dgwill2015
Bournemouth, UK5 contributions
Aug 2020
As a family we have visited Sandbanks for over 30 years and for the last seven with our granddaughter. What beautiful place for a holiday ....... until this year.
Whether it is the result of staycations due to Covid or the Harry Redknapp documentary about Sandbanks but sadly we will not be returning again next year.
Unfortunately, it is now full off inconsiderate idiots, noisey, leaving rubbish everywhere, such a shame. Noisey groups shouting and hollering into the early hours !!!
Final straw yesterday, two families arrived on the beach with a sound system on a trolley as too big to carry and played what appeared to be an Ibiza club mix that you could hear all down the beach, cans of beer, bottles of prosecco and no one policing it. Not what we are used too in this, normally tranquil location.

I don't have a problem with people enjoying themselves but when you cannot have a conversation on the beach due to the volume of a sound system, sorry no more for me or my family.
Written August 7, 2020
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Mouse
Lancashire, UK29 contributions
Aug 2020
It’s worth parking on the outskirts of sandbanks & walking 35mins to the beach. Parking cost 50p for the day in a lovely car park on a Sunday. All 3 main car parks were full by 10am. It was very busy but we walked in which everyone should think of doing as the locals must find the traffic very annoying.
Written August 10, 2020
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Pandamedic
Lichfield, UK5,669 contributions
Apr 2021
We visited on a lovely sunny day with our dog. The whole beach is dog friendly out of season which is great when we visited. There are restrictions in the summer months, but there is still able beach space which is dog friendly during this period.

The beach is a lovely golden sand and when you have the sunny weather like we did it's just great chilling on the beach.

There is a cafe on the beach front, but we didn't find their food or service that good. Best just head to the road and use one of the cafes and restaurants there for better service and food.

There are toilets which are free and clean.

Parking- Plenty of it, but it does fill up during busy times and paying is not cheap. upto 6hr £13.20

The beach does have a bbq area which is great. What was not so great was there were families that just took over the whole area without sharing the space. Literally set up camp there for hours so no one else could use the bbq stands. very inconsiderate people around.
Written September 30, 2021
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John Paul
Burbage, UK57 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We were staying in nearby Poole so to avoid traffic and Queue for parking we took the number 60 bus from Poole Bus Depot, brought 2 Adult return tickets for around £8.60 , 20 minute ride drops you at the beach car park, buses run till around 22:00 so you have plenty of time.
There are no dogs allowed on one part of the beach but if you walk towards the peninsula there is a lovely beach when your dog is welcome all year.
Sand is lovely and the Sea is clear and warm when the suns out.
The area has food / drink outlets with toilets and showers
We found it very clean and well maintained
Will definitely visit when we go to Bournemouth
Must come in the top 5 family holiday beaches in the country
Written June 7, 2021
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Michael W
Preston, UK3,845 contributions
Aug 2020
We used the Sightseeing Tour Bus from Bournemouth to get to Sandbanks. When we got off at Sandbanks we walked along the main road until we found an entry point to the Beach. We then walked along the beautiful White Sand towards the end of Sandbanks where the Brownsea Island Ferry is located. We then walked back along the beach viewing the very large and pricey millionaires properties which faced the beachfront, until we located Harry Rednapp's Old House. There are miles of beautiful white sand here. There were plenty of visitors here but there was plenty of room for all so social distancing was not a problem. This is a great place for those who love the beaches and water sports there are plenty of activities here to enjoy. My only criticism is there are not enough restaurants or bars along the beaches / beach fronts and definitely not enough toilet facilities - we could only find one toilet facility.
Written September 4, 2020
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Bryan P
Rugby, UK664 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
While visiting Poole area we decided to go to sandbanks for a hot drink at the cafe there which is very good they also serve a selection of hot meals & homemade cakes. There is plenty of seating in & outside. There is a very large pay & display car park. There are beach huts that you can hire, toilets & shower facilities all there along with a selection of other shops & even a cash machine. The beach itself is very large & long. It is overlooked by multi million pound properties & during the summer has lifeguards on duty.
Written February 27, 2020
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ATayyar
2 contributions
Aug 2020
Lovely golden sandy beach and clean. Reminds me been on holiday in the Med.
The facilities are very good with lots of eating places and clean toilets.
The only negative comment was that the car park is very expensive you need to pay about £4.40 for 2 hours stay.
Written August 21, 2020
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