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Coastal holidays on the Jurassic Coast are perfect for those who love to soak up the fresh sea air, try their hand at building impressive sandcastles, explore rock pools, or simply stroll along the picturesque shores. The region has beautiful spots along the coast that are great for your next Dorset stay and we’ve picked out a few of our top coastal locations below.
Lyme Regis is a seaside town in West Dorset that has plenty of attractions and sights to see to keep the whole family entertained. Take a boat trip from The Cobb - the famous harbour, brush up on local knowledge in the museum, or explore the many rock pools found at Church Cliff beach. Don’t forget to keep your eyes out for fossils along the beaches too!
Cottages in Lyme Regis
This pretty location is renowned for the findings of the largest and most complete dinosaur fossil, so it’s no surprise this location is a treasure trove for fossil hunters. Its rugged natural beauty and long expanse of golden shores are a haven for families looking to enjoy this beautiful heritage area. There are plenty of opportunities for rock pooling and taking a dip in the sea, and if you fancy a wander into town, Charmouth delights visitors with independent cafes, restaurants and quaint shops and boutiques. Whether you enjoy this destination by boat or bay, the scenery is spectacular in the summer sunshine.
Cottages in Charmouth
Weymouth beach is adjacent to the town, which has plenty of great shops and eateries as you would expect, but the beach itself offers a traditional seaside holiday experience. Donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, and small funfairs can all be found in the summer months, or escape to the Bowleaze Cove and Greenhill beaches where you will find crazy golf and the popular Sea Life Adventure Centre.
Cottages in Weymouth
With a pretty harbour and gorgeous coastal views, West Bay is the small town that oozes seaside charm and traditional fun. Plenty of day trips are on offer from West Bay from fossil hunting to fishing, bird watching and exploring nearby larger hubs such as Bridport and Abbotsbury. After a jam-packed day, indulge in some scrumptious fish and chips as you take a gentle stroll along the coast.
Cottages in West Bay
West Lulworth is the picturesque coastal location in Dorset, famously photographed for its beautiful and unique cove. This small village lets visitors enjoy all the atmosphere of traditional seaside life, away from the hustle and bustle of larger resorts. There is a visitor centre where, when you visit Lulworth Cove, you can learn about the landscape and there are plenty of other small havens to discover during your West Lulworth holiday, such as Kimmeridge Bay and Stair Hole. After a day on the shores, pop into the Castle Inn which is one of the oldest pubs in the whole of Dorset.
Cottages near West Lulworth
For an exciting seaside break, beach holidays along the Jurassic Coast offer plenty to see and do, as well as comfortable and relaxing spots to unwind along the shores. Begin planning your escape this summer to the coast and enjoy a memorable stay.