The beach is a few steps away from your doorstep. It is a sandy beach, consisting mostly of white sand, with some black (volcanic) sand mixed in with it. The tidal difference is anywhere from 12 to 17 feet, depending on the phase of the moon. There are two high tides and two low tides every 24 hours. For six hours during the day (from mid tide to high tide and back to mid tide) the water is perfect for swimming. During the rest of the tidal cycle, the water is too shallow. At low tide the bottom is covered with 10-inch round rocks and you can walk for about 100 meters into the sea while looking at the intertidal pools filled with marine life.
The water temperature is a balmy 82-84 °F (27-28 °C). Wave action is moderate to non-existing. There are no currents, rip currents, stingrays, or other unpleasantries. At high tide, the ocean is like a big swimming pool.
Do not bother bringing your mask and snorkel; the water is not clear enough even in the Summer months. Just wait until the tide is low and walk among the exposed marine life!