The Beach Guide

Holland-on-sea Beach

Holland-on-sea Beach - Essex
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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 2135 1678

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Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Holland-on-sea Beach Reviews

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

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