With its traditional seaside attractions, famous beach huts for hire, watersports and stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks, Bournemouth’s seven-mile stretch of sandy beach offers something for everyone. The bay also boasts its own micro-climate, giving it some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK.
According to Chris Saunders, head of operations in tourism services, this accolade is the result of many factors coming together, not least the commitment of the indefatigable Seafront Team.
“The beaches are raked and cleaned daily to the highest standard, experienced rangers are present year-round to ensure the safety and comfort of visitors, including the operation of the LV= KidZone and the regular land trains, while RNLI life guards are stationed at regular intervals along the beach,” says Chris. “Furthermore, Bournemouth Seafront is benefitting from a series of far reaching improvements, including the upgrading and landscaping of Pier Approach and a slick, modernised Tourist Information Centre.”
And the beach appeal isn’t restricted to the summer months. Bournemouth welcomes over 6 million visitors every year on top of which it is renowned for events and festivals which use and showcase the town’s extraordinary beaches to their maximum potential.
Jon Weaver, head of resort marketing and events says, “We are immensely proud of the annual Bournemouth Air and Arts by the Sea Festivals while the Bay Run and Marathon weekends help to encourage healthy coastal lifestyles. Bournemouth’s beaches are perfect for dog walking, cycling, surfing, running, playing football and volleyball all year round. We are of course also delighted that our friends and neighbours in Weymouth and Hengistbury Head have been included in Trip Advisor’s ranking.”
Portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and arts in Bournemouth, Cllr Pat Oakley, said, “We’re delighted and honoured to top the TripAdvisor list! We’re especially thrilled with our international ranking. As the UK’s Best Seaside Town, we’re immensely proud to offer world class beaches on British shores without the need to travel abroad. We have four Blue Flags and two Seaside Awards which reflect our commitment to maintaining high standards across our beaches.
“I’d also like to thank Bournemouth’s residents for their part in the protection and promotion of our award-winning seafront. The beaches are a precious and special part of the area’s natural environment and constant vigilance is required to ensure their protection.
“This accolade couldn’t have come at a better time – we’re now working jointly with our colleagues in neighbouring Poole and combined we are able to offer a total of ten miles of sandy beaches.”
Combined, Bournemouth and nearby Poole offers 10 miles of soft golden sand and the two resorts have come together this year to form a destination powerhouse. Featuring eight Blue Flag beaches, Europe’s largest natural harbour and known as the ‘coast with the most’, this stretch of the South Coast attracts outdoorsy adventurers and thrill seekers looking to surf, sail and cycle.
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