Aytré is especially known for its long beach, which is easily accessible from neighbouring La Rochelle, or Les Minimes. The beach is flat and shallow, making it a good bathing spot for children, and an excellent spot for windsurfing.
Industries are few, and economic activity mainly gravitates around La Rochelle, with the distinct exception of Alstom Transportation. The worlds fastest train, TGV, was designed right in Aytre. Oysters are cultivated in the bay and important camping grounds have been developed for tourists during the summer period.