If you have young children, Alum Chine Beach is the place to be. All the major Bournemouth beaches have a KidZone scheme, but Alum Chine beach goes a little bit further to cater for young children. The is a large playground with an adventure playground attached. For those children too timid to go into sea there is a nice paddling pool with a friendly(ish) water pump
Alum Chine beach also provides another unique feature for the older visitor with a sub tropical garden. Due to the benign micro climate along this part of the UK coast, it is possible to grow many exotic species of plant and tree that would normally be only found in on a more southerly latitude. At the back of the beach just into Alum Chine and immediately above the children's play ground, is a very scenic sub-tropical garden with excellent views out over the Solent.
Alum Chine Beach also has a great number of beach huts to rent and a large car park. The final icing on the cake is that Alum Chine beach is one of the four Bournemouth beaches that holds a blue flag award. The blue flag award is an international award given to beaches that are exceptionally clean and environmentally friendly. Alum Chine has possessed this award for several years and (if I remember correctly) Alum Chine was the first Bournemouth beach to achieve the award.
Alum Chine has an Italian restaurant and is well served with ice cream vendors and takeaway food. The car park can fill quickly during the busy summer period but there is also a regular bus service (Yellow buses 2A and 2B). These buses follow different and extensive routes through Bournemouth taking in many of the local areas. Both end up in Kinson and run hourly during the day.