A gently sloping sand and shingle beach leading out into a designated swimming bay with marker buoys in the summer. The Cawsand Ferry runs a shuttle service to here from Plymouth Barbican during the summer months and there is a hotel - The Cawsand Bay Hotel - located directly on the beach. A group of swimmers swim here on Saturdays and Wednesdays - see devonandcornwallwidswimming.co.uk regular swims for details - new swimmers always welcome.
From the beach, if you go further afield than the swimming buoys, you can swim to Pier Cellars (about half a mile) or all the way out to Penlee Point (about a mile and a half) but need to beware of water traffic including Princess Yachts who test there superyachts in the bay.
Interesting scenery as from here you can watch the frigates and submarines make their way to/from Devonport.
Can be used for distance training either out to Penlee Point for experienced sea swimmers or to and fro across the bay.
The local swimmers are occasionally joined by wild dolphins.
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.
No particular danger with tides and currents other than normal sea conditions.