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.
The beach lies to the east of the City and can be accessed from the South on the A9. Turn off at the Wellington Road flyer and head towards the harbour and then round to the beach, following the signs. From the North A90 turn left at the Haudigan roundabout and follow the Parkway over to the A96. Turn right at the roundabout, travel to and over the bridge over the River Don. Turn left and you are now on the esplanade. There is a 1.5mile drive to the resort part of the beach along the esplanade.