Guide to Dorset's beaches

The Best Beaches in the Dorset

  1. Lulworth Cove Beach » Jurassic Coast

    Lulworth Cove Beach

    Lulworth Cove is a very sheltered pebble beach in a remarkable, horse-shoe shaped cove, formed ten thousand years ago by erosion from the sea. There is ample parking, a cafe, toilets and boat trips in summer to Durdle Door and Mupe Bay.

    • Currently 5.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  2. West Bay Beach » West Dorset

    West Bay Beach

    • Currently 5.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets good surf
  3. West Bay Beach » West Dorset

    West Bay Beach

    • Currently 4.7500/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets good surf
  4. Sandbanks Beach » Poole

    Sandbanks Beach

    Sandbanks is a spit of golden sand that crosses the mouth of Poole harbour and continues all the way to Bournemouth, a distance of around five kilometers. Dubbed Britain's Palm Beach, because of astronomical land prices, Sandbanks is well-served by upmarket hotels and restaurants. The Sandbanks Chain Ferry connects Sandbanks with Studland.

    • Currently 4.5455/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  5. Charmouth Beach » West Dorset

    Charmouth Beach

    • Currently 4.3333/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  6. Shell Bay (Studland) Beach » Swanage

    Shell Bay (Studland) Beach

    • Currently 4.1818/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  7. Hive Beach Beach » West Dorset

    Hive Beach Beach

    • Currently 4.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  8. Hengistbury Head Beach » Bournemouth

    Hengistbury Head Beach

    Hengistbury Head is a relatively unspoilt and south-facing pebble beach, with imposing clay and ironstone cliffs. At the less developed end is Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, which separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay. Plenty of parking as well as toilets and a cafe.

    • Currently 4.0000/5
    lifeguarded toilets
  9. Boscombe Beach » Bournemouth

    Boscombe Beach

    • Currently 4.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe good surf
  10. Fishermans Walk Beach » Bournemouth

    Fishermans Walk Beach

    A stretch of beach popular with locals, Fishermans Walk is located between Southbourne and Boscombe. Mostly sand, with some shingle, the beach has safe swimming, deckchair hire, beach huts and a cafe. Accessed from Southbourne Overcliffe Drive.

    • Currently 4.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets good surf