This sheltered beach lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms part of the South Devon Heritage Coast. Backed by rocky cliffs and sheltered from southerly winds by Bolt Tail, a neighbouring headland, it is popular for swimming, wind surfing, canoeing and kayaking and sailing. Surf conditions are generally best in the winter months, though. At high tide, there is not much sand uncovered, but there are coastal paths to Thurlestone and Bolberry Down to explore. A number of shipwrecks off the coast appeal to divers. The beach is Marine Conservation Society Recommended.