Burton Bradstock lies on Dorset's Jurassic Coast, which in the vicinity of the village comprises vertical cliffs up to 45 metres (148 ft) high. Near the top of these cliffs is a layer of Inferior Oolite, which contains large ammonites. Rockfalls result in these being accessible to fossil hunters on the beach beneath.
At Hive Beach there is a gap in the cliffs, where the National Trust own the land and provide a car park. The Hive Beach Café is a popular venue in all weathers and there is a yearly Spring Tide Festival on the beach.