Essex boasts a whopping 350 miles of coastline, offering a diverse range of beaches for every kind of seaside escape. Whether you're seeking a family-fun day out, a historical adventure, or a tranquil escape, there's a perfect Essex beach for you.

1. Leigh-on-Sea

Nestled in Leigh-on-Sea's old town, Bell Wharf beach offers a charming escape from the bigger and busier beaches along this area of the Essex coast. Watch fishing boats coming in and out of the marina bringing in their catch. Head to a local cafe or restaurant to sample the local seafood for yourself!

2. Brightlingsea

Explore Brightlingsea's rich maritime history alongside its beautiful sandy beach. Take a walk along the Western Promenade with its iconic Batemans Tower, take in the beautiful rainbow of beach huts, or explore the town – a haven for yachting enthusiasts hosting annual international sailing events. During your visit, be sure to hop on board the foot ferry ran by Brightlingsea Harbour and be taken across the creek to nearby attractions. Or, why not book on to an insightful tour to delve deeper into the history of this quaint coastal town.

3. Canvey Island

Canvey Island offers a unique blend of wild and urban landscapes within the Thames Estuary, just off the coast of Essex. Hike the coastal path for stunning views that reach across to Kent, or head to the seafront for classic seaside attractions – perfect for families. If you’re on the search for a dog-friendly beach in Essex, then Canvey Island is the perfect spot for you, with zero dog restrictions so that your four-legged friend can run along the beach without a care in the world!

4. Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton is a beloved family destination for days out and weekend breaks, and for good reason! Take a stroll down to Clacton Pier where you’ll find great amusements and thrilling rides, explore the clifftop gardens, build sandcastles on the golden beach, and grab a bite at one of the many cafes or restaurants along the Essex Sunshine Coast. Throughout the year an array of great events, including the infamous Clacton Air Show, keeps visitors and locals entertained.

5. Dovercourt Bay

Dovercourt Bay boasts gentle shelving beaches and stunning views of historic Harwich. Across the water you’ll find the port of Felixstowe and Landguard fort. Awarded Blue Flag status, the bay is perfect for a relaxing day by the sea. Enjoy a picnic, paddle in the shallows, or go for a walk or cycle along the promenade. Take a boat trip across to the Hamford Water National Nature Reserve and see if you can spot some resident seals.

6. Frinton-on-Sea

Frinton offers a more peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of other Essex beaches such as Southend and Clacton. This Blue Flag beach is perfect for families with its sloping shoreline, uncommercialised feel, and collection of picture-perfect beach huts. For a tranquil day making memories with the family, Frinton-on-Sea beach is an ideal beach to spend your time this summer.

7. Jaywick

Mid-way between Clacton and Colne Point, Jaywick's sandy stretch boasts a unique historical landmark – Martello Towers was built to defend against Napoleon's invasion back in the 19th century. Enjoy a day at the beach with a touch of history!

8. Mersea Island

Mersea Island, accessible by causeway, is a haven for relaxation. Explore its beautiful beaches lined with beach huts that look like they’ve been taken straight out of a postcard, go crabbing along the jetties, savour the taste of fresh Mersea Oysters, or simply soak up the rays and enjoy the impressive views. We highly recommend heading to Cudmore Grove Country Park to make the most of a sunny day on the island.

9. Southend-on-Sea

Southend is a renowned seaside destination with something for everyone. Choose from nine award-winning Blue Flag beaches across seven miles of coastline, visit the iconic Southend Pier (the longest pleasure pier in the world!), or enjoy family fun at Adventure Island. During your visit, indulge in a classic meal of fish and chips with the sand between your toes, and enjoy a delicious Rossi ice cream from the long-standing parlour found along the seafront.

10. Walton-on-the-Naze

Albion Beach in Walton is a local favourite with golden sands and colourful beach huts, a short way from the local town and pier. Visit the eight-storey high Naze Tower on the crumbling cliffs or scour Naze Beach for its abundance of fossils, particularly shark teeth! Be sure to check the tides before venturing out.

This is just a taste of what the Essex Coast has to offer. To discover more hidden gems and plan your perfect seaside escape, check out our Coastal Destinations here.




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