Doughmore Beach is one of Clares best surf beaches. The beach however is not safe for swimming due to strong rip currents and this has been signposted by Clare County Council. It is popular among local intermediate surfers as it picks up the smallest swells when none of the surrounding beaches will and due to its tranquility. The beaches tranquility is mainly due to the difficulty of access. The beach runs parallel to Doonbeg Golf course which must be crossed in order to get onto the beach.