Highcliffe -on -sea offers all the usual amenities including good schools, a large recreation ground, a  medical centre, and  two supermarkets. The vibrant High Street has a butchers shop, deli, patisserie, wine shop and many other thriving shops and businesses. Local places to eat and drink include the Cliffhanger Café on the cliff top, the Globe Public House, and various restaurants, cafés and bars along the High Street.

Highcliffe Castle, a grade 1 listed cliff top mansion, boasts picturesque walks through private grounds leading to the beach, and holds regular exhibitions and events, as well  as offering charming tea rooms and a gift shop, open all year round. Highcliffe Castle Golf Club, has a beautiful 18 hole parkland golf course, and welcomes both visitors and new members.

There is range of local organisations within the town, offering varied clubs and activities such as Christchurch beach sports club, the Local History Society, a wine circle and Art Fellowship.

Highcliffe -on -sea is a superb location to experience a variety of contrasting landscapes, and close by are a range of specialist nature reserves including  Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve, Mudeford Quay, Stanpit Marshes, Steamer Point Woodland Nature Reserve, Nea Meadows and  Ballard Lake.

There are several local opportunities for fishing, including Nea Meadows and Mudeford Wood Lake, plus freshwater sites in the New Forest area.

A wide range of watersports is available in and around Highcliffe , including sailing, windsurfing, or for the adventorous, paragliding from the cliffs at nearby Barton-on-Sea.

Inland, it is only a 5 minute drive to reach The New Forest, with access to 145 square miles of protected deep forests and open heathland.