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11 Best Beaches in Dorset - Weymouth beach (2)
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We’ve gathered a list of the best beaches in Dorset you can explore during your holiday. Our county is famous for fossil rich coastline and outstanding natural beauty of Dorset beaches, making it a perfect destination for a beach holiday.

Dorset is boasting spectacular beaches and there are so many of them! From water sports enthusiasts or fossil hunters to families and avid sun worshippers, Dorset beaches really do have it all. Especially, when the sun is out!

11 best beaches in Dorset to add to your bucket list:

1. Weymouth Beach


Weymouth beach in summer

Weymouth beach is a blue flag awarded golden sandy beach. The waters are safe and shallow so perfect for paddling and swimming. Children will have pure bucket and spade pleasure with beach Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides.

Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach between May and end of September, but from October 1st, walk to your dog’s delight!

Check all our Weymouth cottages, you might just find your dream cottage overlooking the beach.

2. Lulworth Cove

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Lulworth Cove

The most beautiful pebble beach in the shape of a horse shoe. In the summer you can take a boat trip from here to the Durdle Door and Mupe Bay. There are places to eat with delicious mouth-watering food, lots of parking and dogs are allowed on the beach. Pay a little visit to the museum next to the car park to discover information about the local area and the Jurassic Coast.

Why not to stay next to the cove and explore Dorset whilst staying in Lulworth cottages?

3. Chesil Cove

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Chesil Cove

Chesil Cove is a part of Chesil Bank, a large naturally formed 18 miles long pebble bank. The cove is a great spot for sea fishing and scuba diving. Sink in the sun and watch the waves crash to the bank – it’s a wonderful spot to watch sunsets.

There are a few restrictions for dogs on Chesil Cove, but plenty of spots where dogs are welcome.

There’s a National Sailing Academy nearby perfect for water sports enthusiasts.

Stay in one of our Portland cottages and enjoy stunning views over the Chesil bank.

4. Durdle Door

11 Best beaches in Dorset Durdle Door

The Durdle Door Beach is the perfect spot for a picnic. Admire the natural rock formation of the Durdle Door and in the warmer months, snorkel through the arch. Bear in mind in summer months this place is heaving with holidaymakers. The nearby Man’ O War beach and St. Oswald’s Bay will suit those looking for a quieter oasis.

Dogs are welcome all year, but there are no facilities so take your own flasks of tea and a picnic rug.

5. West Bay beach

11 Best Beaches in Dorset West Bay

West Bay is also known as Bridport Harbour, lying at the mouth of River Brit. It is a small seaside resort with stunning cliffs and lovely harbour.

Enjoy swimming and looking to gorgeous East and West Cliffs. East Beach has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and marks the end of Chesil bank.

Bear in mind, that the cliffs are unstable, so make sure to follow the signs on the beach and on the clifftops.

 Check the availability and book on our holiday cottages in West Bay page.

6. Hive beach, Burton Bradstock

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Hive Beach Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock is very popular among locals and holidaymakers too. Families and couples with pets love this bit of coast as dogs are welcome throughout the year. It’s perfect for those looking for a bit quieter beach. You can admire dramatic cliffs, take a dip in the sea or even try a bit of angling!

There’s a popular Hive Beach café with delicious seafood available fresh every day.

Choose one of our cottages in Burton Bradstock for your Dorset holiday base.

7. Charmouth beach

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Charmouth

Walk to Charmouth from Lyme Regis or Golden Cap, the tallest cliff on the south coast. The views are just magnificent.

The beach is divided into two by the mouth of the River Char and is accessible from the centre of the village.

Charmouth beach just might be the best fossil beach Dorset. If you are after fossil hunting session, start your day at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Always follow the Fossil Hunting Code before setting out on your expedition.

8. Swanage Beach

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Swanage

A calm and sheltered bay great for swimming and sat amongst the lovely little town of Swanage. The gently shelving golden sandy beach and clear unpolluted water have been the reasons why Swanage beach has been awarded the blue flag award.

Dogs are welcome on Swanage beach between 1st October and 30th April each year.

Stay in one of our cottages in Swanage and nearby.

9. Studland Beach

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Studland

A beautiful four-mile stretch of golden sandy beach with gently shelving waters perfect for swimming in. Admire the stunning views of Old Harry Rocks and on a clear day, the Isle of White.

Studland beach was the inspiration for Enid Blyton’s Noddy.

Dogs are welcome on Studland beach between 1st October and 30th April each year.

10. Bournemouth beach

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Bournemouth

A beautiful seven-mile stretch of beach complete with a lively pier and all the trappings required to give the kids a real English seaside holiday. The main stretch gets particularly busy in the summer but if you walk towards Westbourne or Southbourne, it does get quieter.

Between the 1st May and 30th September bring your dogs to the west of Durley Chine and east of Fisherman’s Walk up to Hengistbury Head.

Check out our properties in Southbourne.

11. Ringstead beach

11 Best Beaches in Dorset Ringstead

A quiet stretch of pebble beach with great views across Weymouth to Portland. You can walk across the cliff tops above Ringstead or just enjoy a swim and sunshine on the beach.

As dogs allowed all year round, a lot of dog owners choose Ringstead as their holiday base too. Check our cottages in Ringstead.

We hope you like our list! Head to our website and find your dream cottage so you could tick off that beach on your bucket list.

More information on dog friendly beaches in Dorset:

If you have dogs and wish to bring them on a holiday, read our guide about pet friendly beaches in Dorset.