Minehead is a fairly busy seaside resort with numerous caravan parks and all the amenities asscoiated with such things. The beach itself is a a curved sand and shingle beach that faces North-NW and looks out across the Bristol Channel to Wales.
It doesn't get any surf, but can be good for windsurfing or kitesurfing. Conditions can vary quite a bit depending on wind strength and direction, and although it can be OK for beginners in light winds they should be particularly careful of the tidal currents as this beach is still in the Bristol Chanel and is therefore affected by some huge tides. For the more competent windsurfer (or kitesurfer) Minehead offers decent flat water blasting or bump and jump conditions.
Minehead is usally sailed when there are wind against tide conditions and is sailable at all states of the tide, although there are some nasty rocks around the low tide mark, particularly on spring tides. The place to launch from is the Lifeboat Station Car Park at the western end of the beach. There is a little grassy area here that is perfect for rigging on. Most wind directions are sailable, but Southerly and SW winds are very flukey due to the hills of Exmoor just inland. Westerly winds can be gusty too for the same reasons. NW through to Easterlies are the best.