Sandbanks is a spectacular peninsular of land at the entrance to Poole Harbour. As you drive along the peninsula you can see the harbour on your right. Brownsea Island is clearly visible in the middle of the harbour. The water on the harbourside is very shallow for a long way out and perfect for practising watersport activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and dinghy sailing.
Sat Nav postcode of Sandbanks Beach car park is BH13 8QJ (Google map)
There’s a dedicated zone for kitesurfing in front of the small beach on Shore Road (Google map). You’ll find some mobile surf schools set up here. You can also hire kayaks, paddleboards and windsurfers from The Watersports Academy just to the right of Tesco Express.
As you travel along the peninsular you’ll see some very expensive residential properties backing onto the sea. Sandbanks Beach has been voted the best beach in Britain many times and is a very popular destination. Sandbanks Shore Road Beach is just next door and much quieter but still has beautiful golden sands with all the facilities you need. At the end of the peninsula is Sandbanks Car Ferry. This operates throughout the day taking cars and passengers across the narrow harbour entrance to Studland. The road then continues to Swanage or Corfe Castle. There is also a small yellow kiosk next to the car ferry where you can buy tickets to Brownsea Island and Poole Quay. For more info see our page Boat Trips from Sandbanks