Best Holiday Parks in Dorset By The Coast

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Dorset has a great range of beaches including the famous Chesil Beach, the Jurassic Coast and the award winning Weymouth Beach. There is a great diversity of beaches in Dorset including the stunning Chesil Beach which stretches for 18 miles from the beautiful village of West Bay to Portland. Weymouth Beach is famed for the quality of its ultra fine sand, making it the best beach in the country for building sand castles. Lulworth Cove, Charmouth Beach, Worbarrow Bay and Seatown Beach are just a few of the many diverse beaches that form the Jurassic Coast, if you are lucky, you may even find a fossil or two.

The beaches in Dorset are typically sand, shingle or small boulders and face south towards the English channel. This location provides waves but not as big as the north coasts of Devon and Cornwall making many beaches ideal for families with young children. A lot of the popular beaches are manned by RNLI Lifeguards during the main holiday season and we would only recommend swimming in patrolled areas.

A lot of the beaches have great facilities, probably more so than anywhere else as there are several towns and villages along the coast that have developed with tourism being the main industry. You will also find a great selection of holiday parks near the beach in Dorset as the gently sloping hills means that the parks have developed quite close to the sea. There are holiday parks in Dorset that welcome dogs and parks with static caravans for sale in Dorset all reviewed here.There are a great selection of holiday parks, from tranquil parks in scenic locations, to large parks with a full range of facilities to keep active families busy on holiday. We hope that you enjoy our read and if you think that another park deserves to be on this list, please let us know and visit our top UK Beach holiday parks for more insights..

Weymouth, England

Waterside Holiday Park has consistently been one of the best managed holiday parks in Dorset, if not the country and has won numerous awards over the years and is extremely well managed. The park is situated at Bowleaze Cove at the eastern end of Weymouth beach. Bowleaze Cove is a sand and pebble beach and is sheltered making it ideal for families with young children. This is a dog friendly beach with a shop and café right by the beach and is literally opposite the entrance to Waterside Holiday Park. At the other end is Weymouth Beach, in our opinion and of others, the beach with the best sand in the country, it is amazingly fine sand. Behind Weymouth Beach is the town, everything you want is here and if you venture off the main high street, there are some great shops down the little alleys.

Waterside Holiday Park is an award winning park with the highest standards in cleanliness, park maintenance and facilities and one of the top parks for caravan holidays in Dorset. The spa is great and has lots to offer with a range of treatments, sauna, hydrotherapy pool and a steam room. There are indoor and outdoor pools, the indoor pool has waterslides for little ones and a bubble pool.

The big deal is the entertainment, they have big name guests and you can meet Boomer at the very spacious entertainment venue, our kids loved it. There are a lot more facilities as you would expect, a great park with a fantastic reputation and very popular with families.

Why is Waterside Holiday Park a Great Beach Base Holiday Park?
•    Outstanding long term reputation for being one of the best holiday parks.
•    A short stroll to Bowleaze Cove and a short drive to the stunning Weymouth Beach
•    Great facilities, entertainment and very family friendly holiday park.


Waterside Holiday Group
Bowleaze Cove
Weymouth, Dorset
Tel: 01305 833103


Waterside Holiday Park

Waterside Holiday Park, great for caravan holidays in Dorset

Swanage, Dorset

Swanage is a really nice beach with a promenade backed by a Victorian seaside town that is typical of many that dot along the Dorset and South Devon coastline.  The beach is gently shelved although does get some decent sized waves and is popular as a beach destination and for launching sea craft. As the beach backs onto the town, there is every facility that you will ever need nearby. The beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during the summer months and also has a dog ban from May to September. This is a great beach to visit, ideal for all families with younger and older children. Swanage Coastal Park is about one mile from this beautiful beach in Dorset.

Swanage Coastal Park offers the best of both worlds really, it sits above and on the edge of the town and backs on to the country side, so you get a beach holiday with a countryside and quiet feel. This is a relaxed park, hilly so not really suitable for those that don’t like slopes, and has lots of character. The vans and lodges are well spaced out which adds to the laid back feel and the accommodation is high quality. The park itself has limited facilities but there are shops, restaurants in the town which is a short walk away.

Why Choose Swanage Coastal Park for a Dorset Beach Holiday?
•    Quiet, tranquil and relaxed holiday park and within easy reach of shops, cafes etc
•    On the edge of Swanage, a very pretty Victorian seaside town.
•    Spacious holiday homes, well spread out with gorgeous views.


Priests Way
BH19 2RS
Tel: 01929 421822


Swanage Coastal Park 

Views over Swanage bay of sea with forests for Dorset caravan holidays

Weymouth, Dorset

Littlesea Holiday Park is on the edge of Weymouth looking out over Chesil Beach in a beautiful location around 2 miles from the beautiful Brewers Quay area near to the centre of the town. This is a classic beach holiday park in a great location with some cracking beaches nearby.

Weymouth Beach, if you have never been there, is really nice, lots going on and the sand is stunning. Chesil Beach is a beautiful walk and there is a great circle, taking the beach one way and the coastal path the other. Chesil is actually a pebble and shingle beach, not really ideal for a relaxing sunbathe unless you take some deck chairs but a stunning walk where you are open to the elements.

Littlesea Holiday Park in Weymouth is a Havens holidays UK park with lots of facilities and set up for a great family holiday. This dog friendly holiday park has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, adventure golf, tennis and a sports court for a range of activities. There is a large entertainment venue and a good restaurant and a supermarket. Weymouth is a great town to visit, lots of history and the sea is crystal clear, Brewers Quay and the harbour area have an array of quality restaurants and places to eat and there are lots of shops in the town centre. 

Why is Littlesea Holiday Park is perfect for a Dorset beachside holiday?
•    Great for families with fantastic facilities on a large holiday park.
•    Beautiful location by Chesil beach and Weymouth Beach nearby.
•    Lots of places to visit and things to do, Monkey World, Sea Life Aquarium and more.


Haven Littlesea Holiday Park
Lynch Ln
Tel: 01305 774414


Littlesea Holiday Park

A family enjoying time together at Litttlsea holiday park in Dorset

Bridport, Dorset

Freshwater Beach Holiday Park is one of the best known holiday parks by the sea in Dorset and even has its own private beach. Situated just to the east of West Bay near Bridport, Freshwater Beach Holiday Park is a large holiday park entirely geared towards families that want a beach based holiday in Dorset.

The beach is a mix of sand and shingle backed by stunning Jurassic Coast cliffs and rolling hills. The park is surrounded by countryside and is a 1 km walk along the coastal path to West Bay. The beach is popular for all water sports, especially swimming and fishing and offers glorious views with an amazing backdrop with the opportunity to find a fossil or two.

Freshwater Beach Holiday Park is really family orientated with a range of facilities including both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The entertainment team offer a range of activities, events, sports and shows throughout the day and night and work endlessly to make this a special holiday. The park offers a traditional style beach based holiday, full of fun and a place where kids will really enjoy themselves.

Why is Freshwater Beach Holiday Park Perfect for a Family Beach Holiday in Dorset?
•    Great facilities, swimming pools, ten pin bowling, gym, sauna, water slides and more.
•    Fantastic entertainment team that keep kids occupied day and night.
•    Beautiful beach and scenery, a big park in a quiet location.


Freshwater Beach Holiday Park
Burton Bradstock
Tel: 01308 897317


Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

A view of Bridport beach, perfect for holiday parks in Dorset by the coast

Christchurch, Dorset

Sandhills Holiday Park is literally on the beach, apart from the promenade, you are a short stones throw to one of the best sandy beaches in Dorset. This is a popular beach and does get busy in the main summer holidays, with good reason. The beach is sandy, has great facilities and offers clean water on a gently sloping and safe beach that is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during the summer. If you get up early, you can enjoy a beautiful stroll along the beach and it really does have that Caribbean feel. If you are looking for a beach based family holiday where you can relax and let your kids enjoy the sea knowing that they are safe, Sandhills Holiday Park at Avon Beach is a great choice.

Sandhills Holiday Park is not the largest park in the world, it does have an outdoor swimming pool, bar, playground and gym, the real draw here is the proximity to the beach and to Christchurch itself. Christchurch is a fascinating town on the Dorset coast, it really is a gem and if you have never visited, you will have a pleasant surprise.

The natural harbour has boats coming and going and the area offers a beautiful sport for families to walk and enjoy the scenery. The town is very pretty and has lots of great restaurants, boutique shops and is very heavily orientated towards water sports and boating, well worth a visit.

What makes Sandhills Holiday Park perfect for a beach holiday?
•    Set right by Avon Beach, very beautiful sandy beach with easy access.
•    A perfect beach if you want your kids to enjoy the sea in safety.
•    Set in Christchurch, a beautiful town, incredibly interesting and a stunning natural harbour.


Sandhills Holiday Park
BH23 4AL
Tel: 01425 200744


Sandhills Holiday Park

Holiday homes overlooking the sea, Dorset caravans on the beach

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our guide to the best holiday parks in Dorset by the beach. Dorset offers so much more than just beaches, the New Forest is a stunning area to explore and you have Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Christchurch and a host of other towns to visit, it really does have something for everyone. If you think that there is another holiday park in Dorset near the sea that deserves a mention, we would love to hear from you, all feedback is welcome, good or bad!


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