Sandbanks beach lies just east of Poole harbour, and consists of fine sand interspersed with groynes and backed partly by low dunes and partly by a promenade. Lifeguards patrol in summer, and dog restrictions apply on the main section of the beach from 1st May until 30th September. Parking is at a P&D car park just a few yards from the beach. Facilities include deckchair hire, cold water showers, toilets, cycle parking and a beach cafe. Being close to the large expanse of Poole Harbour, there are strong currents around mid-tide as the water flows to fill (or empty) the harbour. This can induce rip currents between the groynes.
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