Set amidst a number of small wooded valleys which intermittently join the gloriously fine Blue Flag beach at Poole Bay, Bournemouth is undoubtedly one of England's most strikingly attractive and agreeable coastal resorts. Unlike many other seaside holiday towns in Britain, Bournemouth looks and feels like a fun, happy resort that is confident of its future. And why shouldn't it? With its stunning beach, plentiful tourist attractions, thriving pub and club scene, buzzing student nightlife, burgeoning surfing community and close proximity to both London and the New Forest; Bournemouth's hotel, holiday park and B&B owners can expect to stay busy for many years to come.
May to October is generally the best time to enjoy Bournemouth holidays as this is when the weather is at its best and when the resort as a whole feels 'ready for business'. Getting to Bournemouth is very straightforward as the town is easily accessible by car and train. Getting around the resort is also easy as the town's network of bright yellow buses is extensive and efficient. Taxis are also plentiful, while two child-friendly 'land-trains' (which adults love) run up and down the promenade daily from Bournemouth Pier throughout the high season.
Along with the sparklingly clean and clear waters which lap it, Bournemouth's seven-mile stretch of soft, sandy beach is undoubtedly the resort's main attraction. And with everything from boat trips, kids clubs and amusements to volleyball courts, crazy golf and, of course, the pier just a minute or two away from the water's edge, visitors can rest assured they'll never be stuck for things to do. Needless to say, Bournemouth is a vibrant town after dark (especially at the weekend) as the heady mix of holidaymakers, students, city-breakers and stag / hen do's converging on the town's bars, restaurants, theatres, casinos and clubs helps to create an almost carnival-like atmosphere.