Shore Road - Sandbanks Beach (Poole)

  • Shore Road - Sandbanks Beach (Poole) - Dorset
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  • With scenic views of Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills, this gently sloping, shelving beach with safe, clean water links to the main Sandbanks beach and is a family favourite. It’s usually quieter than Sandbanks itself. The free Beach Check app shows how busy it is. The promenade has ice cream kiosks, a café, and other facilities. Drinking water is also available and beach huts can be hired, and there is a lost children patrol. 

    Pay and display parking is available at Banks Road; the Surface Car Park has 72 parking spaces plus around a dozen accessible spaces next to the beach entrance. Ramps allow an easy route to the sand. Disabled toilets are available via radar key, located close to the Jazz Café; these toilets incorporate a baby changing/family room. Sand wheelchairs for the disabled are also available.

    A lifeguard is on duty between 10am and 6pm from the late May Bank Holiday to the start of September and the safe swim zone is clearly marked. Other possible activities include kitesurfing and windsurfing, jet-skiing, and sailing.

    Cycling, skating, skateboarding, and e-scooters are restricted at certain times in July and August. Barbecues are also restricted to certain times; visitors should check safe disposal guidelines. Open fires and camping are not allowed at any time.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1 May to 30 September and must always be on leads on the promenade.

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    • Jet-skiing
    • Sailing
    • Swimming/bathing
    • Wind surfing


    • Toilets
    • Disabled facilities
    • Pub nearby

    Nearest town



    BH13 7PS

    OS grid ref.

    SZ 0508 8832

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Shore Road - Sandbanks Beach (Poole) Reviews

    Jun 03rd 2023

    Beach it’s amazing, sand ,water also used to be quiet and I saw people with dogs on the beach even of jot allowed this time of the year, and if you are enough lucky next to you will come a very noise family who will start to talk about other people on the beach, judging the young girls about their swim suit , judging everyone…and not care about others..putting their wind protection next to your feet because that is normal..its amazing when it’s quiet..