We had a tour of the Essex beaches last week and have been asked by a few people which beach we would recommend on the Clacton stretch of Essex coastline. We have to say that the beaches and resorts on this short stretch of coast are of two types, at either end you have full resorts with piers and amusements but in between you have more old world.
For the energetic you can walk along the coast between them, the distance is approximately 8 miles.
We started in the North at Walton-on-the-Naze, this has the traditional beach and beach huts but also a pier with amusements.
Next when heading south is Frinton-on-Sea, a more old world with a long beach backed by a large grass areas, here you will not find amusement arcades and will need to bring everything with you.
Just a short distance from Frinton and before the beaches of Clacton you have Holland-on-Sea which is much like Frinton and you really visit just for the beach.
Clacton-on-Sea has a larger beach front and returns to the more complete seaside resort with lots of shops, places to eat, large beach front and a pier.
I know we are not really answering the question but this is because it is really down to personal preference and whether a beach trip needs to involve amusements or not.