Holland-on-sea Beach

Four miles up the coast from Clacton, Holland-on-Sea is a much less developed part of the coast, and offers a quieter spot to come to get away from the crowds at Clacton.  This is a good place to come for long walks along the coast, where there is a chance of spotting a variety of migrant birds. The terrain is composed mainly of coarse, grainy sand. 

Two promenades run alongside the beach.  Bicycles are permitted only on the upper promenade.  There are benches and a number of beach huts. 

The sea defences along this stretch of the coastline have undergone significant development in recent years.  Newly constructed man-made rocky outcrops line the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog are not allowed on most of beach from 1st May to 30th September. (From breakwater south west of Queensway to café north west of Queensway.)

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  • Promenade

Nearest town

Clacton on Sea


CO15 5TZ

OS grid ref.

TM 2079 1637


Several Pay and Display car parks are available plus parking along the Marine Parade.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Holland-on-sea Beach Reviews

Lovely Quiet Beach

Jun 16th 2022

If you prefer a quiet beach with not too many people come here midweek.

Henna Kaufman
Jun 16th 2021

we had a beautiful afternoon on the golden beach enjoyed every minute

Campervans and motorhomes not welcome

May 08th 2021

Free 6 hour parking on beach side road for cars. Limited pay as you go spaces for Campervans under 5 metres. Forget it if over this length. Keep away from this area and choose a town that welcomes Campervans and motorhomes. Definitely do not support this sort of discrimination.

Fab Beach

The only way is not Essex
Jan 02nd 2021

Fab beach, but please be aware that some cyclists & dog owners don’t observe the rules! ☹

Dog friendly

Sep 22nd 2020

The information says dogs not allowed, but as on most UK beaches dog owners appear to be a law unto themselves and you will find dogs on this beach. Mostly quiet (which is bearable) but some do frequently bark which I find irritating. And some cyclists flout the law by riding on the lower footpath but don’t attempt to tell them - I was met a with a rude and ignorant response when I informed them it was a no cycling footpath.
Otherwise a very nice beach.

Great beach

Aug 09th 2020

Had some lovely family time at our first visit to Holland-on-Sea today
Great clean beach with a mix of soft sand (By the path) and stones ( nearer the water) 
car park (Brighton road)  £2 all day toilet and beach just across the road
Ramps down to the beach too and so much space to social distance from others we will definitely become regular visitors here and also dog friendly so will bring our dog next time x


Jul 17th 2020

Dissapointed was very Stoney everywhere!

Holland Beach

Jun 25th 2020

Beautiful beach , lovely cafe, friendly dog walkers much better than clacton what more could you want!

Great beach L, great times

Alfie lowrie
May 19th 2020

I have been going to HOS for a number of years, I have 4 children and have only had very good experiences.
Never busy and lots of space to run around.
Can’t see why anyone would give it below five stars.

Oct 15th 2019

Great place to live lovely beach and Haven Cafe fabulous


Justin Stone
Aug 27th 2019

Such a different experience to Frinton and Clacton. HOS is less crowded and also the water is often clear. On a warm sunny day you can forget you are in Essex.

Ryan Smith
Jul 25th 2019

Nice clean out the way sandy beach with country park and cafe on promenade best beach on Essex coastline

Jun 06th 2019

Holland on sea beaches are unspoilt ,perfect for a lazy day ,dog friendly and are kept clean by the brilliant volunteers from the Holland residents association

What did we get wrong?