Swanage Beach is an extremely popular and beautiful sandy beach that has a lot to offer. From sports to sunbathing, doughnuts to ice cream, you will find whatever you need to make your stay enjoyable. The waters at Swanage Beach have been given a 5-star rating and have been awarded the European Blue Flag Award for clean waters. The beach is located at the postcode BH19 1NS, there are a number of car parks situated along the beach so you should be able to find somewhere to stop, however, during the summer month, it can get a little busy. The beach is found on the South West Coast Path and can be used as a perfect starting or ending point for the trail. There is a lifeguard service operating at Swanage Beach including manned posts as well as the lifeboat station.
Facilities at Swanage Beach
There are all the standard facilities that you would expect at a beach, the necessities of toilets, changing rooms, and car parks are available along the beach, there is also a lost child center just in case the worst happens. Plenty of places to keep hydrated with drinks, icecreams, and snacks. There are deck chairs available to hire as well as pedaloes, kayaks, and sunbeds. The beach is lined with amusements and attractions for you and the family to get lost in. There are also beach huts available to hire, but these need to be done in advance and they get snapped up pretty quickly, especially for the summer months.
Watersports at Swanage Beach
There are plenty of sports and activities around Swanage Beach for you to get yourself stuck into, these range from family-friendly to slightly more adventurous under the sea exploration. The activities available include Kayaking, Canoeing, Crazy Golf, Putting, Diving & Snorkeling, Fishing, Sailing, Swimming, Bathing, and Wind Surfing to name a few. There are clubs and lessons available for most of the activities so whether you are completely new or a veteran of the sport, you are able to get involved.
If you are looking to use a boat or a jet ski around the beach and bay, there are regulations put in place as there is a 5-knot buoy area in operation between the 15th of March and the 30th of September each year. There are a few restrictions on the locations where you are able to launch your crafts, if you are using a motor-powered craft you will need to use the Town Councils boat part at Peveril Point to launch your power craft if you are using an unpowered dingy, and smaller unpowered boats then you can use the Parish slipway or Money Beach, jet skis are prohibited from being launched at these two locations.
Can I Take my Dog to Swanage Beach?
Between the 1st of October and 30th of April, you are more than welcome to bring your furry friend to the beach, however, from the 1st of May to the 30th of September, you are not allowed to bring your dog onto the council-owned Central Breach, there is an additional beach called ‘Monkey Beach’ that you are able to take your dog onto during the summer months.