The twin villages of East and West Looe sit on opposite sides of a broad river estuary, and there has long been a friendly rivalry between the two communities. In the past, Looe was a thriving shipyard and fishing port, but today tourist has taken over as the biggest industry. The small beach in East Looe is still a popular spot. The Monkey Sanctuary is the most popular attraction half a mile west of Looe and is home to some of cute woolly monkeys and a colony of horseshoe bats. A mile offshore is tiny Looe Island, a 22 acre nature reserve which is administered by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. There are occasional boat trips that travel there throughout the summer; check with the tourist office.