This is a fantastic beach and its nice and flat and doesnt shelve too sharply in to the sea so its great for the kids going for a paddle.
Parking can be a problem as its so popular, but even round Bank Holiday weekend in August we didn't find the beach too crowded.
The beach and surrounding areas were clean and tidy as were the local toilets.
The sands very fine and i found it blows up more so than on other beaches so watch your eyes. But that and the parking are the only 2 tiny negatives I can think of for this lovely lovely beach.
Sandbanks is not near Milford on Sea!! It is a peninsular in Poole Harbour, and is, indeed an expensive place to live. However, the beaches are superb and there are some good places to eat. Plus it is a shortcut to the Purbecks via the chain ferry if you don't mind the queues and high price!
Sandbanks is a lovely beach, although it can be quite busy in the summer. The beach is clean, and the sea, although cold, is very nice for swimming in. The harbour is great for water sports, and there are lots of areas for lovely walks around here.
Please, Please don't confuse Sandbanks, Poole with the sandbanks(the Shingles) at Milford on Sea ( or even sandbanks at Mudeford !!) All are lovely but in totally different ways. Sandbanks Peninsula, Poole is home to the rich & famous and reportedly costs more per sq meter than anywhere else in Europe!
The beaches are on the left before you reach the one way system. They are long and sandy with shallow water, quite safe for swimming & great the sand is great for castles. A wide promenade with beach huts, cafe, shop &, of course, ice cream. You can, of course, walk to Bournemouth along the beach, passing the various Chines, if you feel so inclined. Plenty of parking but watch the time restraints.
The ferry to Shell Bay, Studland leaves from here continuously through the day. Sometimes service is withdrawn in winter & during rough weather. There can be long queues in the Summer both for the ferry and the car parks.
Now for the sandbanks at Milford on Sea, Lymington. There are pebble beaches here that can shelve, swimming can be safe but there is no lifeguard so take care.
There are plenty of lovely walks either along the sea wall to Lymington or along the coast in the other direction to Christchurch via Avon beach and Mudeford Quay.
Wonderful views across the Shingles (not sand) to the Isle of Wight.
Have done a seperate review for sandbanks Mudeford
Personally, out of all the beaches that i have been to, especially in the UK, the beach is definitely one of the nicest. Not only are the beaches wonderfully clean, there are lots of things that you can do there, such as having windsurfing lessons. Also, you are just yards from several nice restaurants, and the mini-golf in sandbanks is particularly good, as it is new, and it has a wide variety of holes. It is only a short walk into Bournemouth as well, and so there is always plenty to do when at the beach
Great place to live & visit the beach but Not so great if you live near here due to the property prices being well above the national average earnings!
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