The south end is sheltered by the harbour wall, but as the beach stretches north towards the local nature reserve it becomes more exposed.
The city centre of Aberdeen is approximately a mile from the beach. The back of the esplanade has cafés, restaurants, a ballroom, amusements and a shopping area. You can often see dolphins, seals and on occasion whales in the sea near the beach area.
The esplanade is popular with walkers, cyclists, runners and inline skaters. An electric sign displaying real-time bathing water quality predictions is available at this beach in the summer months. You can find out the daily prediction by visiting the SEPA website.