I live in the area and see quite a lot of the beach and Esplanade. We(my wife and I) think it is probably one of the best beaches in the country. Safe bathing,plenty of places to eat, snack or dine, wonderful sand for castles! The sand sculptures are internationally famous. The attractions on the beach and around make it a wonderful place for individuals,couples or families. Good shopping just a few yards from the beach in St Mary Street and St Thomas Street. Many families come every year as part of a family tradition dating back many years. Even with web weather there are still plenty of things to do. But of course, it is at its very best when the sun shines!