|With its 7 miles of sandy beaches Bournemouth has long been the perfect place to unwind by the sea. Alum Chine is a fabulous choice if you come to simply soak up the sun or if you're bringing the children.
Down on the beach you'll find a friendly family atmosphere with plenty to keep little ones busy whilst enabling you to sit and enjoy the beautiful views across to the Isle of Wight. The sandy beach is ideal for making castles, and digging and with the waters edge only a matter of metres away they can splash about and jump the waves to their hearts content. Next to the beach there is a very well equiped children's playground with play facilities for both toddlers and older children. Above the Tropical Garden can be found with it's interesting plants. There is a shallow paddling pool (open June to September) and in the same area there is also a very family-friendly informal Italian restaurant which serves food and drink all day, and which has a sunny patio on which you can sip a beer, wine or a coffee and read the papers or just while the day away. Next door a kiosk sells icecreams and other snacks.
Alum Chine beach is the last stop for the tourist landtrain which is a great hit with children and takes 5-10 minutes to get to Bournemouth Pier with it's shops, arcades, boat trips and the Aquarium. Or if you'd prefer a stroll you can walk along the promenade past the brightly painted beach huts to Bournemouth in around 15 minutes. Going in the other direction you can walk or jog along the promenade past more beachhuts all the way to Sandbanks.
If you enjoy an amble around the shops then nearby Westbourne is a pleasant place to choose - the Victorian shopping area is laid out in a loop which includes a beautiful arcade and there are plenty of interesting shops to be found. There are a range of clothes and shoes shops, a good quality deli, offlicence/wine shop, a bookshop, a model enthusiasts shop, interior design and furniture shops (including Fired Earth), several florists, many gift shops, hairdressers, an excellent cookshop - the list goes on. When you feel like a break there are several cafes and bars to pick from as well as a whole host of restaurants - Italian, French (Cafe Rouge), Greek, Pizza Express, Chinese etc etc. If you need to pick up some groceries, the local M&S Foodstore supermarket is there also.
• 5 minutes walk to Blue Flag beach, children’s playground and paddling pool and Italian restaurant/cafe
• 15 minutes pleasant walk through the chine to Westbourne high street with it's fashionable pubs, bars and restaurants
• 15 minutes walk along the beach/5-10 minutes by landtrain to Bournemouth Pier