Dorset is full of popular beaches that families love to return to year after year. Part of this is because of how diverse the region is, with every kind of beach you can think of, from rocky beaches perfect for fossil hunting to glorious sand that stretches for miles to ones that are completely accessible, Dorset is home to some of the best beachside resorts in the UK. Though it is a tough task to pick our favourites, here are a few of the best beaches in Dorset to help inspire you on your travels this summer.

Lulworth Cove

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Crystal clear blue water? Check.
Glorious white pebble beach? Check
Gorgeous views? Check
Lulworth Cove is a beautiful area of Dorset and is a tourist attraction in its own right. The white pebble beach and blue water give the impression that you’re somewhere much more exotic. The beach is easily accessible and even allows dogs on certain parts, so it’s the ideal place to visit with the whole family.
Plus there are plenty of quiet cafes with little corners for you to sit in and watch the world go by!

Bournemouth Beach

The beach at Bournemouth is one of the most popular and is usually full of families and sun chasers enjoying the many facilities that are available on the seafront. The main beach at Bournemouth has a grand pier and has been a go-to resort since the Victorian times! Plus being such a large town and one of the UK’s university towns, there are plenty of things to see and do in the region.

Chesil Beach

This beach has grown in popularity since the novel and film of the same name raised its profile, but even without its name in lights, this is one of Dorset’s most interesting beaches. This beach is made up of a huge bank largely containing pebbles and stretches almost 17 miles joining Portland and West Bay, also it is an unnaturally straight and consistent beach, so if you’re someone that enjoys a long seaside walk, make sure to head to Chesil Beach.

Sandbanks Beach

This beautiful beach crosses Poole harbour and joins up with the main beach at Bournemouth. It’s one of the world’s most famous thanks to the golden sand, wonderful views and of course the number of mansions and other large properties that line the seafront.

Swanage Beach

If you’re looking for the kind of beach where you can pop down a towel and watch the kids play with buckets and spades, this is a great choice. The clean, white sands and the clear water are a joy to behold and you’re surrounded by wonderful chalk cliffs too.

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