Bournemouth was definitely shaped by its beach. The city was a popular resort as early as the Victorian era, when people were drawn in by the beach’s soft sand. Nowadays, the beach attracts both young and old. During the summer, the city is particularly popular with partying young people. However, Bournemouth is much more than a spot to party or sunbathe in: the center boasts many hip bars and delicious restaurants, and water sports by the coast are all the rage (the surfing culture is thriving, for example). Just three kilometers east of the city center lies Boscombe, a suburb with a laid back urban-surf vibe.