Bracklesham overlooks the gently shelving bay to which the village has lent its name. Bracklesham gives its name to a geological feature - the Bracklesham Beds - which are a mixture of clays and marls that run from here right through to southern Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The sandy beach and wind make it a favourite spot for windsurfing and other board sports.  8 miles of continuous beach runs from East Head all the way to Selsey Bill.