Between Southbourne and Boscombe is another Blue Flag Beach – Manor Steps Beach. This doesn’t have as many facilities as its neighbours, but it benefits from being in between suburbs, meaning it can be much quieter than the beaches further along the coast. If it’s just beach that you’re after, then it doesn’t disappoint.
Manor Steps Beach can be accessed from the cliff top via Manor Steps Zigzag. There is free roadside parking on the Overcliff. Buster’s Beach Bus stops at Shelley Park near the top of the Zigzag. In addition, the Land Train, which runs along the Prom, also stops at Manor Steps.
There is an RNLI Lifeguard Station on Manor Steps Beach, which is manned from 10 am until 6 pm between 9th July and 4th September.
Food and Drink
There is a kiosk style cafe with some outdoor seating.
Bournemouth Beach Lodges
If you want to holiday really close to the beach, it is possible to stay at Manor Steps Beach at Bournemouth Beach Lodges. These 24 beach hut style dwellings sleep up to six people for between £350 (midweek off peak) to £1440 (one week at peak times).
There are public toilets on Manor Steps Beach.