Rock boasts a long sandy beach facing Padstow, on the other side of the Camel estuary. The town's name is derived from the rocks used as ballast by trading ships, the rocks being mined from a local quarry. The beach stretches for around a mile, and Daymer Bay to the north can be reached at low tide.
The sheltered waters around Rock are generally calm and clear. Rock is chiefly known for its sailing but fishing, surfing and other water sports are also popular pursuits. Boats are available for hire.
For golfers, St Enodoc Golf Club has a justified reputation as one of the finest links golf courses in the south west, with fine views of the Camel estuary.
A foot ferry serves those holiday makers wishing to visit Padstow. The old quarry now serves as the beach's car park.