The beach lays between Rocky Point to the East and Bird Rock to the West, and is bounded by high cliffs, save in the middle where an intermittent creek enters Bass Strait through sand dunes. The beach is patrolled during summer months by the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club.
Today Jan Juc Surf Beach is one of several popular surf beaches around the Torquay area. New housing and development during the last 20 years has seen the small settlement change, with new estates almost linking Jan Juc to Torquay, across the Spring Creek. Along with many other parts of the Surf Coast, increasing popularity is placing pressure on the coastal environment. Famous people to come from Jan Juc include Paul “Chicken” Dyer, a contestant on Big Brother Australia 2004.