Sandbanks Beach has often been described as the best beach on the South Coast. This particular beach has been a holder of the European Blue Flag for a record number of 20 years; it is a beach you can visit in total safety and be sure you and your family will have a good time.
When it comes to the beach itself, Sandbanks beach has the finest quality fine golden sand and it meets all of the European standards. Back in 1994 it was the only beach to be awarded 100% by the Tidy Britain Group.
The water is clean and safe, despite its temperature at times. The sand slowly and gradually slopes away, ensuring that it is safe even for the smallest of children. The Lifeguards are on duty between the 1st of May and the 30th of September and there is a first aid post should there be an accident.
Parking can be a problem; there is a large car park at Sandbanks and also on road parking. It would be wise to remember that this is a very popular beach and as such, the parking spaces go fast. The charges made in the car parks are quite high although you are parking right on the beach; this is ideal for those that do not want to have to carry all their items far.
The facilities on the promenade are very good. There are toilets (with full disabled facilities), showers, ice-cream kiosks and hot-dog/burger bars as well as the Seafarer Cafe offering a selection of hot & cold meals throughout the year. There are also several kiosks selling all the usual beach goodies such as inflatables, buckets and spades etc. The mini-golf can be quite fun and there is also a crazy golf course for those that prefer. From time to time you can ride along the prom on the road train that cruises up and down.
Watersports are popular here and there are a wide selection to choose from, including parascending, inflatable “Bronco’s” or “Ringos”, jet-ski hire, power boat rides and much more. It is best to check what is available around the time that you will visit.