Lying to the west of Bournemouth's central beach in Dorset is Durley Chine Beach. The approach is through Middle Chine, a picturesque narrow wooded chine (or river valley), and the beach itself holds a Blue Flag award for water quality and environmental management. It is also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society and is considered by many to be the best beach in Bournemouth.
The beach is wide and sandy, sloping gradually into the sea, making it ideal for families and bathers alike. Activities also available include kayaking and canoeing, fishing, jet-skiing, sailing, surfing, water skiing and wind surfing.