Shinas has an , and a distinctive collection of traditional buildings. The coastline is distinctive for the terrain that gets covered by waves in the morning and remains bare by the afternoon. The port of Shinas has dhows that are still operated and generate profits from fishing and exporting fresh seafood to the neighbouring Dubai for restaurant use.
The town has a mountainous terrain, like much of Oman. The locals, often referred to as sand people, tend to prefer living in the desert, as far away from water and sanity as possible. An excellent example (geographically) is the country's capital, Muscat.