Wembury is situated wholly within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries candidate Special Area of Conservation. Offshore is sited the Wembury Voluntary Marine Conservation Area, chosen in recognition of its marine wildlife and contained within Wembury Point Site of Special Scientific Interest, while the coastline forms part of the South Devon Heritage Coast.
The Devon Wildlife Trust oversees the Wembury Marine Centre situated near Wembury beach and car park, which seeks to explain and educate, particularly school children, about the marine environment.
Wembury has a safe and popular beach administered by the National Trust, who also run a car park and cafe. Car parking in neighbouring roads is restricted between April and September (inclusive) to ensure freedom of access to the beach and Parish Church.