Bournemouth has come a long way from the comfortable yet old fashioned seaside resort that the town used to be. Certainly, the sparkling blue sea and seven long miles of golden sand still form a cornerstone of any visit. But the town has changed a great deal. Between the University and the headquarters of many well-known insurance and financial firms, style, elegance, and sophistication have come to Bournemouth.
Shops, restaurants and fine dining, an incredible variety of water sports, and yes, a great nightlife are now all present in Bournemouth for visitors to enjoy. Its certainly still a resort town but the Bournemouth of today is up to date and accessible, full of events and activities enough to suit any taste and budget.
Consider the recently added artificial surfing reef near Boscombe it was almost single-handedly responsible for transforming the sea front area near by. Almost overnight, beach bars, apartments, and a fantastic, award winning pier sprung up to take advantage of the new attraction and a whole new clientle started coming in to enjoy the surf.
Even if youre not a surfer, almost the whole seven mile length of the beach offers things to do. You can even eschew hotels in Bournemouth for the beach huts. A local institution, these range in price and class from high luxury to the simple style of the olden days. Over two hundred of them line the sand from Poole to Christchurch. Unlike any accommodation you may have tried, these one or two family huts on the beach mean that the water is just steps from your door every morning.
In many respects, its hard not to make Bournemouths beach the focus of a well-earned vacation. Few other beaches in England have won as many awards for the quality, cleanliness, and safety of their sand. Indeed, from skateboarding and walking on the beach to every beach sport that you can imagine, it often seems as if Bournemouths seven mile long beach is where everyone ends up.
You dont have to participate in the sports, of course. You dont even have to spend your afternoons on the beach, as tempting as it may seem. Bournemouth offers plenty of spectacular walks, including a four-mile circular walk with ancient woodlands, churches, and villages along the coastal footpath. If youre a history buff, Englands most famous historical sites sit close by as well. You can experience the majesty of Stonehenge, the history of Salisbury, Winchester, and plenty more just a few minutes from the town as well as plenty more historical sites near by ready for you to discover them.
If youre looking for something less active, Bournemouth offers that, too. Many visitors just relax, enjoy the stunning vistas of the sheltered bay, and if the day happens to be clear enough try and make out the Isle of Wights Needles.
Finding accommodation in Bournemouth is easy. Theres certainly no need to stay in a hut (unless you want to).
Bournemouth hotels are available for nearly any travel budget and there are hotels in Bournemouth that offer just about every amenity.