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 read more
Planning a trip to Essex and looking for the nearest beaches. Our beach guide will help you locate the closest beach and we show you photos, maps, weather, tide times, water quality, dog restrictions and provide you tools to search the Essex coast and seaside towns.
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.
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
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 read more
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, read more
Canvey Island is a reclaimed island in the Thames estuary, protected by 15 miles of concrete wall sea defenses. As Canvey Island lies below sea level and it is prone read more
Thorney Bay beach is a small sandy beach (some mud at lower tide) on Canvey Island backed by a large grassy area. Facilities include car parking, cafe, children’s play area, read more
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 read more
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. read more