Sandbanks is located at the entrance to Poole Harbour and is four miles from Poole town centre. Originally a shanty town composed of disused railway carriages and the like, it became a millionaire's playground in the latter half of the 20th century. It is formed from an expanse of sand dunes from which it takes its name. The sandy peninsula is connected to the mainland by the Isthmian Road and its sandy beach, which stretches for seven miles right through to Bournemouth. The beach is family friendly and offers a number of facilities and attractions including a safe swimming zone, crazy golf and children's amusements. Also on offer are Surfing/Bodyboarding, Sailing, Canoeing, Windsurfing and even a Wildlife Reserve! There are some old coastguard cottages worth a look on the tip of Sandbanks. Sandbanks is home to the Royal Motor Yacht Club, one of the leading powerboat clubs in the world, with the Duke of Edinburgh as its Admiral. The area offers some beautiful coastal walks and when you have worked up a thirst you can visit the Sandacres Free House. If you need a place to stay, you can try The Sandbanks Hotel, a four star, 110 bedroom hotel occupying a dramatic location overlooking Poole Harbour.