Croyde Stream runs through the village, eventually leading to the beach. The centre of the village is roughly at the intersection of Hobbes’ Hill, Jones’ Hill and St. Mary’s Road. At this spot, Croyde Bridge carries the road over the stream.
The past 30 years has seen large increases in younger-age visitors develop around surfing and many of the shops in the village sell surf-oriented clothing and equipment whilst several surf-schools have become hugely successful. A number of individuals born in the parish have gone on to develop international reputations in the surfing world which lends to a sense of pride in sport locally.
The impact of tourism on the village has been varied – some local landowners have benefited from the increased property prices. Tourism has helped to create jobs that were lost in agriculture. local farming has declined with former farmland converted into caravan sites and fields for seasonal camping. Like many seaside villages, the phenomenon of second homes has pushed house prices beyond the reach of most local people. There is little year-round employment, because tourism is seasonal, and many businesses are closed out of season.
The village has several restaurants, bars and pubs with legendary status such as the Thatch Barn Inn and The Manor House Inn. More contemporary offerings include The Blue Grove and Billy Buds with a few other hidden gems dotted through the village.
During the summer season, there is an outdoor market each Tuesday which is held in a field off Moor Lane past Ruda Holiday Park heading towards Baggy Point.