Visiting Bournemouth

Wed, Apr 25, 2012

The UK

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. It’s 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 clientèle started coming in to enjoy the surf.

Even if you’re 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, it’s hard not to make Bournemouth’s 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 Bournemouth’s seven mile long beach is where everyone ends up.

You don’t have to participate in the sports, of course. You don’t 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 you’re a history buff, England’s 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 you’re 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 Wight’s Needles.

Finding accommodation in Bournemouth is easy. There’s 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.

CC Romeo66

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