Llanrhystud acts as a focus for a large rural area and possesses a relatively wide range of facilities, which include a village school, memorial hall, church and chapel and an attractive amenity area with a football field and children's play equipment. In addition there is a village shop/post office, public house, garage/shop and café and a good bus service along the coast road.
Llanrhystud is also a tourist destination and has 3 caravan sites, one of which is the Penrhos Golf and Leisure Complex located to the east of the village. In summer months the beach is a popular destination for residents of the local area. A weekly market is held in the village during the summer months.
The beach has a shingle bank with a half mile long sandy beach at low tide. It is reached via a single track road which leaves the A487 just south of the petrol station in Llanrhystud. Free parking is available at the end of the beach and on the shingle. With its panoramic view of Cardigan Bay, Llanrhystud beach is well suited for windsurfing, swimming and general leisure activities.
The Ceredigion Coastal Path runs along the top of the shingle bank, which has been levelled as much as possible to provide a reasonable walking surface. To the south the shore becomes rockier, and backed by low cliffs of boulder clay with five historic lime kilns adjacent to the coastal path. North of the Afon Wyre the shore is completely rocky.