Poole boasts the world’s second largest natural harbour thereby making Poole a water sports haven with its white beaches, marinas, yacht clubs and sailing. Drive along Shore Road in Poole and watch the kite surfers filling the sky with their multi coloured kites. Poole’s Blue Flag beaches stretch for miles along this stunning coastline with views over to Poole harbour, Isle of Wight, Brownsea Island conservation area with its castle and red squirrels, the Purbeck Hills and Jurassic Coast. From Poole hop on the Sandbanks ferry to Studland Bay with its unspoilt beaches, camp sites, restaurants, (Pig on the Beach/The Shell Bay Restaurant/Knoll Beach Café/Joes Café South Beach) old pubs (The Bankes Arms) and onto Corfe Castle dating back to Cromwell, Swanage, and the famous Jurassic Coast a world heritage site revealing 185 million years of the earth’s history in its 95 mile breath-taking coastline. Or take a boat tour from Poole Quay around the harbour and enjoy the spectacular views from another angle.
Poole’s famous Sandbanks peninsular has one of the best sunsets in England! Also enjoys stunning views over Poole harbour, footballers’ mansions, Animal Poole Windfest, beach volleyball, British Beach Polo Championship - who knows what celeb you may bump into whilst dining at Rick Steins!
Poole and the surrounding area offer something for everyone. Museums, steam railway, boat trips round Poole harbour, fishing trips from Poole Quay, theatre at Poole Lighthouse, Compton Acres with its café and 10 acres of gardens to stroll in, golf courses, ferries to France and Brownsea Island sailing from Poole Quay, Monkey World, leisure centres, swimming pools, parks with kids play areas, beach huts, live music events, walking in the Dorset countryside, cycling, riding in the New Forest or shopping in Poole Dolphin centre with all the high street favourites followed by a meal in one of the many vibrant restaurants and pubs on Poole Quay. There is plenty of nightlife in Poole too with late night bars open until the early hours and nightclubs in nearby Bournemouth.
Poole is the water sports capital of the south coast with wakeboarding, kite surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing, power boating, sailing or if it’s surfing you’re after then go to Boscombe in Bournemouth with its surf reef and catch some waves.
Poole’s restaurants offer a wide choice of exceptional cuisine - who can resist the opportunity to eat fresh seafood caught that day with a chilled bottle of wine whilst watching the sunset over Poole’s picturesque harbour and beaches.