Budleigh Salterton is famous for its large smooth pebbles, which are an integral feature of the World Heritage Coast.

It has a pebble beach with a steep shelf into deep water. There are strong currents towards the eastern end due to the River Otter. There are no lifeguard facilities.

The beach is cleaned manually on a daily basis.

Dogs are banned from the main beach from 1st May to 30th September but are welcome on the beach adjacent to the Lime Kiln car park in the east and at Steamer Steps to the west all year.

There is a large pay and display car park at the eastern end of the esplanade.

There are toilets, cafés, shops and pubs in the village. The beach has beach cafés and kiosks.