Destination guide

Bournemouth's buzzy beach vibes draw the crowds

With sandy beaches, surfers, and sunshine, Bournemouth brings a little piece of California to the souther coast of England. A Bournemouth vacation rental close to the beach gets your seaside getaway off on the right foot. Famous for its Victorian pier and winter gardens, Bournemouth attracts families and couples, young and old, who come to enjoy all the traditional seaside delights. Catch a theater show, zip-line down the pier, or go nose-to-fin with the fishes in the Oceanarium. After dark, venture out to the beachfront and enjoy a night out in its many trendy bars and restaurants.

Things to do

Find your zip-a-dee-doo-dah on Bournemouth Pier

At the heart of this seaside city is Bournemouth Pier, a Victorian pleasure pier which stretches 1,000 feet over the sea. In recent years, it has become a hub for adventurous crowds, and has a climbing wall, a high-rope course, and PierZip, the world's first pier-to-shore zipline. Another popular attraction is the Oceanarium, a huge aquarium on the seafront. It's home to hundreds of fish and marine life, and. aside from meeting turtles, rays, and sharks, you can also come face-to-face with sharks and dolphins without getting your toes wet in the world's first virtual interactive dive cage.

Activities

Dude, surf's up on Bournemouth's Boscombe Beach

Promising 7 miles of clean, buttery sands, Bournemouth is all about the beach. Bournemouth Central Beaches can get busy with day-trippers in the summer, so many locals favor Boscombe Beach, a leisurely 20-minute stroll east along the coast. Its artificial surf reef attracts hordes of water sports enthusiasts, while the safe waters and clean sands, not to mention ice cream stands, are great for families. Stay on Bournemouth Beach if you're after the more traditional seaside attractions, such as mini-golf and fairground rides. It's also the best place to watch the annual Bournemouth air show each August.

Weather

Balmy Bournemouth, the Bahamas of the UK

Bournemouth is famous for having the best weather in the UK. It benefits from a unique microclimate which makes it a few degrees warmer than the rest of the country. The summer sees the best of the weather, with blue skies and sunshine most days. Temperatures regularly reach the mid-80s, although don't be surprised by the odd shower. Bournemouth vacation rentals are at a premium in summer, so it's best to book early, or visit in spring or fall. In winter, you'll often see crisp blue skies and plenty of sunshine, but with a sharp nip in the air, so make sure to pack plenty of layers.

Natural features

Go head to head on Bournemouth's rugged coastal walks

Perched on the UK's central south coast, Bournemouth is around a 2-hour drive from London. There are dozens of great walks around the Bournemouth area, mostly along the coast and all with sweeping sea views. A local favorite is Hengistbury Head, an ancient monument and nature reserve located 5 miles east of Bournemouth. It's reached by following the Bournemouth Coast Path where you might spot rare birds such as sand martins and the European honey buzzard. On the headland, there's a visitors' center which offers guided walks and trail maps.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Bournemouth

Fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Southampton (SOU), which is 27.7 mi (44.6 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Bournemouth Station or Pokesdown for Boscombe Station and explore the city from there.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bournemouth?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,206 vacation rentals near Bournemouth. From 447 Houses to 300 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bournemouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Bournemouth?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bournemouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Bournemouth Beach: 1,820 vacation rentals
  • Bournemouth City Centre: 137 vacation rentals
  • Alum Chine Beach: 1,798 vacation rentals
  • Oceanarium: 1,819 vacation rentals
  • Boscombe Pier: 1,798 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Bournemouth! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Bournemouth?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bournemouth:

  • Southampton: 458 rentals
  • Salisbury: 203 rentals
  • Swanage: 914 rentals
  • Lymington: 1,155 rentals
  • Christchurch: 1,219 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Bournemouth?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Bournemouth are:

  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,859 vacation rentals
  • Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station): 1,645 vacation rentals
  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,803 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Bournemouth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Bournemouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bournemouth Beach: 1,820 rentals
  • Alum Chine Beach: 1,798 rentals
  • Oceanarium: 1,819 rentals
  • Boscombe Pier: 1,798 rentals
  • Genting Casino Bournemouth: 1,817 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bournemouth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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