Bournemouth sprawls along the coast towards Poole to the west and Christchurch to the east. The main pier marks the central seafront area. The famous 7-mile sandy beach regularly receives awards for its huge promenade backed by beautiful gardens and cafes. The resort also prides itself on two piers (Bournemouth and Boscombe) where you can rent beach chalets, deck chairs, and parasols, as well as kayaks. Bournemouth’s Pleasure Gardens stretch for 1.5 miles from the seafront and the area is noted for its lush valleys lined with chalets. One of the best experiences is to take a Dorset Belle Cruise to the sheer white chalk cliffs at Old Harry – the start of the Jurassic Coast.