Top 10 Essex Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Essex beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

1. Frinton-on-Sea Beach, Frinton on Sea

Frinton-on-Sea Beach.Frinton-on-Sea is a small quiet seaside town in Essex and is a world away from it is busier neighbours of Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea. Frinton-on-Sea has a sandy beach with wooden ...

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2. Harwich - Beacon Hill Beach, Harwich

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3. Dovercourt Bay Beach, Harwich

Dovercourt Bay Beach.Dovercourt Bay beach is a sand and shingle beach that gently shelves into the sea. A popular family beach with activities and amusements to keep the children happy. Dovercourt, well known f...

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4. Shoebury East Beach, Southend

Shoebury East Beach.Shoebury East beach is approximately quarter of a mile long gently sloping sandy/shingle beach backed by a large grassy area perfect for picnics. Can get very crowded on hot summer days and ...

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5. Shoebury Common Beach, Southend on Sea

Shoebury Common Beach.Shoebury Common Beach is a shingle beach that overlooks the Thames Estuary and is bounded to the East by the land formerly occupied by the Shoeburyness Artillery Barracks. The beach is on th...

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6. Thorpe Bay Beach, Southend on sea

Thorpe Bay Beach.Thorpe Bay beach is a sand/pebble beach backed by a promenade, groynes and includes a tidal paddling pool.The beach is part of the long Southend-on-Sea seafront and is popular with all water...

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7. West Mersea Beach, Mersea Island

West Mersea Beach.West Mersea beach is on the small Island of Mersea in Essex. The beach is a sand and pebble mix backed by some grass areas and clourful beach huts. You have a couple of holiday parks along ...

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8. Brightlingsea Beach, Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea Beach.Small semicircular beach and quiet family (noncommercial)resort has a gently shelving sand and shingle beach. Located where the River Colne flows into the sea. Activities include windsurfin...

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9. Canvey Island Beach, Southend on Sea

Canvey Island Beach.Canvey Island is a reclaimed island in the Thames estuary, protected by 15 miles of concrete wall sea defenses. Canvey has three sailing clubs; The Island Yacht Club, the Chapman Sands Sail...

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10. Thorney Bay Beach, Canvey Island

Thorney Bay Beach.Thorney Bay beach is a small sandy beach (some mud at lower tide) on Canvey Island backed by a large grassy area. To one side of the beach you have a caravan park....

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In addition to our top beaches, Essex has 6 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.

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Essex lies north east of London and borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north with Kent to the South.

This county has more than 350 miles of coastline, the longest in England! There are perfectly English seaside resorts like Clacton on Sea, maritime towns like Leigh on Sea and islands too! What brings visitors back time and again are the endless miles of superb coast and beaches.

Each year Blue Flag status is awarded to beaches in the area and those that have attainted this award include Jubilee Beach, Three Shells Beach, Chalkwell Beach, East Beach and Martello Bay. The piers are a big attraction in English seaside towns but none more so than at Southend on Sea where you can enjoy a traditional meal of fish and chips!

These charming towns lining the coast of Essex host great music festivals, food events, art trails and carnivals in the Summer months and you can choose the pace. Frinton on Sea is quieter whereas Clacton on Sea is busy and fairground exciting. For those interested in the countryside there are giddying walks along the 'sunshine coast' and great nature reserves to explore.

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