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Clacton Beach

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Clacton Beach - Essex

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Considered by many as the jewel in the crown of the Essex coast, Clacton-on-Sea beach certainly provides a taste of the classic British seaside holiday. Along with a fine Victorian pier as a centrepiece, there are all the seaside amusements, cafes and entertainment you could wish for.

Clacton beach itself is actually surprisingly good; a decent sized stretch of clean golden sand. For this reason the beach has always been popular with families. With a seasonal lifeguard service, easy parking and plenty of amenities close by Clacton is a favourite during the school holidays.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs restricted.

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire
  • Beach hut hire
  • Slipway
  • Pier

Nearest town

Clacton on Sea


CO15 6JS

OS grid ref.

TM 1760 1445

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award