Despite being one, long curved stretch of golden sand, the beach in Swanage has a different feel to it depending on where you are along it, meaning you can have a different day out each time you visit.

Paddle boards on the beach at Swanage Stripy red and white parasol and paddle boarder at Swanage Beach Yellow bucket and red Spade at North Beach in Swanage

The busy hubbub near the amusement arcade and coffee shops has that typical British seaside feel that gets you queuing up for a 99 and digging out the buckets and spades of your childhood, wanting to show your children what a real English holiday is all about.

Slightly further along however there’s a more active scene with various water sports facilities on offer – hire a pedalo for some shallow water fun, or a sea kayak to get out on the waves.

Paddle board and kayaks on Swanage beach

Perhaps you fancy a more sophisticated seaside experience? Sit on the deck with a drink at The Waterfront or sample some seafood at Gee Whites and watch the world go by.

Further north along Swanage beach you’ll find secluded spots dotted with ice cream huts and even a surprise cafe on the beach – The Cabin is the perfect spot for an impromptu breakfast on the beach.

Good to know…

Two dogs in the seaDogs are banned on the main stretch of the beach during the summer months, but are very welcome on the small Monkey Beach at the southern end of the town toward Swanage pier – and has become something of a puppy playdate rendez-vous point.