Essex Beaches and Coast

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.

Nearest Beaches in Essex

  • 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 groynes, more than a 1.5km (1 mile) long, with zoned areas for swimming, sailing and windsurfing. The beach is backed read more

  • Walton-on-the-Naze Beach

    Walton-on-the-Naze beach is a traditional large sandy beach with wooden groynes splitting it into sections. The beach sits either side of the second longest pier in Britain, with nearby Southend being the longest. This still has some of the charms of the original Victorian seaside town. The beach is also read more

  • 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 bank holidays. East Beach is a popular beach for watersports, especially windsurfing and kitesurfing, due to its position read more

  • Holland-on-sea Beach

    Holland-on-sea beach is a sandy beach to the east of Clacton. A sandy beach with some sea defences. Holland-on-sea beach is less busy than the main Clacton beaches but only a half an hour walk from the Pier. Also a short walk to Frinton in the North. The upper promenade read more

  • Brooklands Beach

    Brooklands Beach sits within Jaywick on the outskirts of Clacton-on-Sea. You have a beach that sits alongside the main street and at the end you have a holiday camp. The beach has sea breakwaters that provides a number of bays backed by sand dunes. Parking, toilets, shops and amusements.

  • 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 is well known for being the location for Maplins Holiday Park in the 1980’s BBC sitcom Hi-De-Hi. Facilities include cafe, restaurant, read more

  • Clacton Beach

    Clacton (Clacton-on-Sea) is the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula, in Essex. It is a seaside resort that developed in the 1950/60/70’s due to its close proximitery to London. Clacton has a selection of sandy beaches, watersports, a Victorian pier, amusements, fun fair, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants. The famous read more

  • Clacton West and Martello Bay Beach

    Clacton West beach and Martello Bay beaches are adjacent to each other with gentle shelving sand backed by a promenade and seafront gardens. Facilitiesinclude car parking, toilets, shops, cafe, restaurants, pubs, promenade, amusements, deckchair hire, child safety wristband scheme.

  • 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 Sailing Club and the Benfleet Yacht Club. A region between Thorney bay and Labworth beach is designated as an read more

  • Brightlingsea Beach

    Brightlingsea beach is a small semicircular beach and quiet family resort that has a gently shelving sand and shingle beach. Located where the River Colne flows into the sea. Activities include windsurfing, canoeing, jet skis, crazy golf and bowls. Facilities include car park, beach huts.

  • Cudmore Grove Beach

    Cudmore Grove Country park has a sand and pebble beach backed by grassland and marshes. The beach is also known as East Mersea. Popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Pay and display car park, toilets, picnic and BBQ areas, backed by Fen Farm holiday park. Dogs allowed.

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